Border patrol agents at London’s Heathrow Airport discovered small amounts of uranium embedded in metal bars in a shipment to the United Kingdom.
The package, which came from Pakistan, was found in December. Police assured passengers and the traveling public that the uranium posed no threat.
The discovery triggered a counter-terrorism investigation in an attempt to find out why the uranium was concealed and what it was to be used for in the United Kingdom. The investigation is currently underway and has not yet resulted in any arrests.
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, the former head of the British army’s chemical weapons unit, told the Guardian that wasn’t clear what the uranium was intended for, calling it “a million-dollar question.”
Scotland Yard said on Tuesday night that the amount of contaminated material was “extremely small” and posed “no threat to the public.” Reports of several kilograms of uranium being discovered were incorrect, police said.
“I want to reassure the public that the amount of contaminated material was extremely small and has been assessed by experts as posing no threat to the public,” Commander Richard Smith of the Metropolitan Police told the BBC.
De Bretton-Gordon told BBC Radio 4 that he could understand why the public is concerned given that “the substance could be used to create nuclear weapons,” the BBC reported.
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