Fire at US DU Factory
The Oakridge DU plant went into a lock-down shelter-in-place mode after a fire ignited under a uranium hood last November. A spokesperson for the plant said that there were no injuries and that no radioactive releases were detected after the fire was immediately extinguished. One worker was inside the hood at the time, and an investigation is under way to discover the cause of the fire. It is noted however, that DU which was being used in the hood can spontaneously combust.
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