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August 2, 2011 / David Bleeker

Man Arrested Before He Can Finish His Kitchen Nuclear Reactor

If a man told you he was getting ready to build a nuclear reactor in his apartment, you’d think he was crazy. Too right. But one Swedish man went for it. And if he didn’t get caught, he could’ve succeeded.

The unnamed 31-year-old Swede from the town of Ängelholm started up on his project six months ago, keeping a blog of his progress along the way. He planned on building the reactor in his kitchen, maybe because of the kitchen’s southern exposure? He got all the radioactive material he needed from overseas and from a domestic fire alarm, and got a Geiger counter from the US. The only reason he got caught is because he asked the Swedish Radiation Authority if his project was on the up and up. Granted, he probably would have been wise to ask before he got started, but the best laid plans… Anyway, the police came, raided his place, and took him into custody. When he stated that he never detected any radiation, they had to let him go. [read more]

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  1. Alex Marestaing / Aug 2 2011 10:26 am

    Hey David, maybe you can teach us how to make one of those on your next post. It would help cut down the electric bills. (ha ha)

  2. David Bleeker / Aug 2 2011 10:25 pm

    Kinda funny and enterprising all at the same time. Scary that he was able to assemble the necessary parts without detection… Hope they burn the list of suppliers.

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