Officials have evacuated parts of Opa-locka Executive Airport after an unsealed 55-gallon drum of depleted uranium was found on the premises. The drum was sitting near a DC-10 aircraft that was slated for demolition. Thankfully, the radioactive discovery was made before the airplane was demolished.
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It's unclear why the uranium was there or how the container became unsealed. However, all DC-10s originally used depleted uranium as counterweights on various parts of the aircraft.
Individuals are exposed to a depleted uranium's radiation only if they eat, breath, or drink it or if they get some on their skin. No injuries or incidents have been reported at the airport as a result of the incident.
According to NBC Miami, the Environmental Protection Agency is on its way to clear the area and clean up the scene.