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Crate with low-level radiation found on South L.A. street

August 6, 2009 |  3:01 pm

Authorities are trying to determine how a shipping crate labeled "radioactive" ended up today on a residential street in South L.A.

Firefighters found minimal to background-level radiation in the 3-feet-by-3-feet container after they arrived this afternoon at 109th Street between Spring and Main streets. The package was not damaged nor were the contents leaking, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city Fire Department.

Before the radiation level had been determined, five people who had come in contact with the container were rinsed off and the area around it was cordoned off, he said.

Humphrey said markings on the container will help investigators determine where it came from and where it should have been sent.

-- Raja Abdulrahim