A Miami airport remains quarantined off today after depleted uranium was found in an oil drum within or near an active airplane. A quick investigation into the matter dictates that the uranium was from another plane, which was recently dismantled by whoever dismantles planes, and thinks leaving uranium out is a good idea.
Soon after airport officials discovered the 55-gallon drum holding the depleted uranium either on or near an active aircraft, authorities were contacted and the Miami airport was fully evacuated as a safety precaution. Over 150 firefighters, and other safety officials soon entered the airport, and it seems they were successful in securing and removing the depleted uranium.
According to a Florida NBC representative, the depleted uranium came from a recently-dismantled older airplane. The uranium was disengaged from several aluminum parts of the old plane as the plane was dismantled – that’s good. It seems no one bothered to report or move the aluminum somewhere else after it had been collected – that’s bad.
Depleted uranium has several uses, but is most commonly associated with powerful fusion bombs owned and operated by numerous countries across the world. Countries like North Korean and Iran have faced substantial economic and political recourse for obtaining uranium without permission.
Luckily, it seems that in the case of this Miami airport, the found depleted uranium was not an active threat, but instead the result of negligence by an airplane mechanic who should probably consider updating his resume.