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Monday, March 4, 2013

Emergency response triggered by radiation at Newark port

Radioactivity wafting from a container prompted investigators at the Elizabeth Marine Terminal at Port Newark to take action on Thursday.

The container was loaded with recycled paper, and a metal wire that held the paper read positive for Caesium-137, a radioactive isotope formed during nuclear fission.

Emergency responders deployed and personnel from the FBI, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Union County and Elizabeth converged on the terminal.

"After review and confirmation from (Customs and Border Protection) Laboratories & Scientific Services (LSS) and in conjunction with our federal, state, and local partners, the container was deemed safe," the Customs agency statement said.

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