Thursday, July 25, 2013

Depleted uranium found in Miami airport, evacuation ordered

Portions of an airport in Miami, Florida have been evacuated after depleted uranium was discovered early Thursday.
Firefighters have cleared a 150-foot area of the Opa-locka Executive Airport in south Florida after a 55 gallon drum located either on or near part of a dismantled aircraft was discovered to be containing exposed, depleted uranium, NBC 6 South Florida reported.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Arnold Piedrahita Jr tweeted that a haz-mat scene is on the scene attempting to assess the severity. 

Opa-locka is a reliever airport which serves as a secondary landing field for aircraft normally going in and out of the larger Miami International Airport. It also is a hub used by the United States Coast Guard for air and sea rescue stations.
According to a local NBC affiliate, officials at Opa-locka say there are no reported injuries.