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Radioactive Material Found Inside Sparta, NJ Home

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Sparta, New Jersey (MY9NJ) - Law enforcement officials say they found radioactive material inside the Sparta, New Jersey home of Joseph Gibeau.

Sergeant John Paul Beebe said that they knew this was radioactive material because the containers were painted yellow and displayed a “tri-foil” decal which is the international symbol for radioactive material.

“The initial testing showed that there was radioactive material there, specifically Uranium 235. He had started to make some type of canister on his own down in his basement and there was radioactive material in that as well,” he explained.

Gibeau is a former employee of the Picatinny Arsenal who was let go due to performance and behavioral issues.

“Picatinny Arsenal controls radioactive materials under the auspices of the nuclear regulatory licensing, nuclear regulatory commission regulations and the Army radiation safety program,” spokesman Timothy Rider explained.

Anti-terrorism expert Jonathan Gilliam chimed in to discuss the potential threats that this case posed.

“I think we’re definitely just talking about a knucklehead. Looking into “yellow-cake” and these types of Uranium these are kind of like the first process, the junk Uranium. If you want to do anything with it, it has to be refined and typically it’s used for industrial use. So there is no real danger here except for a little bit of radioactive exposure,” he explained.

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