Concern About Radioactive Material Follows Car Crash

A harmless Geiger counter inside a box marked hazardous materials prompted the response

By Melissa Pamer and Rosa Ordaz
|  Friday, Aug 2, 2013  |  Updated 1:38 AM PDT
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Concern of Radioactive Material Follows Crash

Authorities respond to a car crash in Duarte Thursday afternoon, when a Geiger counter inside a container marked "radioactive material" prompted a street to be shut down on Aug. 1, 2013.

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A multi-vehicle crash in Duarte on Thursday afternoon prompted the closure of a street and the fear that one car might contain radioactive material, officials said.

One of the vehicles involved in the crash -- which occurred about 1:30 p.m. -- had a container inside that read "Hazardous Material," according to Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Tony Akins.

A spokesman at the scene said the container held a Geiger counter, which is used to measure radiation levels.

A perimeter was set up so keep people from the area, but once authorities realized the item was only a Geiger counter, the response appeared to be winding down.

Huntington Drive was shut down from Las Lomas Road about a block east to the city of Irwindale line.

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