05 Aug '11, 8am

Swede arrested for trying to set up a nuclear reactor at home - and creating a small meltdown on his stove

A Swede man has been arrested for attempting to split atoms in his kitchen, claiming that he was only doing it as a "hobby". Richard Handl said he had the radioactive elements radium, americium and uranium in his apartment in southern Sweden when police showed up. The police arrested him on charges of unauthorised possession of nuclear material. He could face fines or up to two years in jail. Handl, 31, said he had tried for months to set up a nuclear reactor at home and kept a blog about his experiments, describing how he created a small meltdown on his stove. Only later did he realise it might not be legal and sent a question to Sweden's Radiation Authority, which answered by sending the police late last month. Although Handl says police did not detect dangerous levels of radiation in his apartment, he acknowledges the project was not such a good idea. "From now on, I wi...

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