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Radioactive leakage at
Los Angeles International Airport

August 27, 2007

A forklift punctured one of three cargo boxes containing low-grade radioactive material at Los Angeles International Airport, according to an airport spokeswoman.

The spill happened in the Lufthansa cargo building at Imperial Highway and Aviation Boulevard at approximately 8 p. m., said Nancy Castles of the Los Angeles World Airports, which operates LAX. The spill was cleaned up and about 31 workers were evaluated for exposure to radioactive material and released. The incident was being investigated as an accident and not an act of terrorism.