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The theft of between five and seven containers with Cobalt-60 was discovered last month during stocktaking at the bankrupt and shuttered Ursus foundry in Lublin.

Spokeswoman Monika Skotniczna said the cobalt — used in machines that made technical measurements — does not pose a threat to the public due to the small amount stolen, and its advanced age.

"These are old sources, so they don’t have high activity," Skotniczna said. The only danger is if the Cobalt-60 is taken out of its lead shields, but even then "it’s not life threatening," she added.

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