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Radioactive Substance Found in Santa Monica

A low-level radioactive substance has been found in Santa Monica.

UPDATE: The radioactive substance has been identified as medical grade iodine which is used for thyroid cancer treatment. The garbage truck's radiation sensor was tripped at 9 a.m. after nearing the garbage bin.

Fire crews blocked off the parking lot outside Albertson's grocery store in Santa Monica while a hazardous materials team investigated a low-level radioactive substance which was found inside a trash bin close by.

Albertsons in Santa Monica (Photo courtesy Google Maps)
Albertsons in Santa Monica (Photo courtesy Google Maps)

The material were discovered Wednesday morning near the store on Lincoln and Ocean Park boulevards, according to reports.

The store was not evacuated but the parking lot has been blocked off.

"We do have firefighters inside the Albertson's doing radiation monitoring,'' Santa Monica Fire Department Chief Mark Bridges told KNX Newsradio.

"They are not getting any radiation readings inside the store, but outside we're getting above-normal readings."

It is still not confirmed how the medical water got into the trash bin.

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