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'Nuclear' refrigerator found dumped near Coal City

Published: Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 3:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 7:34 p.m. CDT

COAL CITY — At about 3 p.m. Friday, the Grundy HazMat team responded to a report of a small refrigerator giving off radiation readings near Coal City.

The refrigerator was found in a ditch along the side of Spring Road, west of Carbon Hill Road, near Coal City.

A bomb squad was requested to respond, but after authorities spoke to a local farmer who said he had seen the refrigerator in the ditch at least two weeks ago, the request was canceled, according to Grundy County Sheriff Terry Marketti.

At approximately 4:20 p.m., however, the Kane County Bomb Squad was again called to the scene.

The refrigerator was reportedly found wrapped in nuclear tape and was discovered to be giving off radiation readings.

Marketti said authorities have yet to find out what is inside the refrigerator. Once clean-up is complete, an investigation will be done to find out where the refrigerator came from.

Traffic is currently blocked at Spring Road just west of Carbon Hill. Marketti said people should avoid the area for a few hours.

"There is nothing the public needs to worry about," the sheriff said in regards to the radiation readings.

Coal City Fire Department was also on the scene, as well as the Sheriff's Department and the Grundy County Emergency Management Agency.

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