Swede arrested for trying to build nuclear reactor in his kitchen

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Dec 15, 2012

We all have hobbies. Some of us collect comic books. Some of us juggle geese. But only one man was building a nuclear reactor in his apartment—until he got arrested for it, that is.

An unnamed, 31-year-old nuclearphile, who lives in Sweden, was building his own homegrown reactor and even blogging about his adventures in mad science. But his DIY dreams recently decayed.

According to The Local:

[H]e contacted the Swedish Radiation Authority (Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten) to inquire if it was legal to construct a nuclear reactor at home.

The man was told that somebody would be sent to measure the levels of radiation in his flat.

"When they came they had the police with them. I have had a Geiger counter and have not detected a problem with radiation," the 31-year-old told the local Helsingborgs Dagblad (HD)."

He was arrested and questioned by the police. He was released upon full disclosure of his activities: He had ordered the nuclear material from overseas (from where, we wonder ... Dr. Evil's home catalog?) and pulled the rest from a fire alarm.

Perhaps the Swedish police did not hold him because there is no specific law that says, "Building a nuclear reactor in your home is illegal." So it might not be a crime, but it isn't very neighborly.

Pity he was born too late to get his hands on a Gilbert Atomic Energy Laboratory, a toy sold in 1950-1951 designed to teach kids fun with nuclear power ... complete with its own Geiger counter and cloud chamber.

(via TheDailyWhat)

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