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Radioactive rabbit trapped at Hanford

The Columbian

TRI-CITIES, Wash. (AP) — A radioactive rabbit was trapped on the Hanford nuclear reservation, and Washington state Health Department workers have been searching for contaminated rabbit droppings.

The regional director of the Office of Radiation Protection, Earl Fordham, said Thursday that no contaminated droppings have been found in areas accessible to the public.

The Tri-City Herald reports that officials suspect the rabbit sipped some water left from the recent demolition of a Cold War-era building used in the production of nuclear weapons.

The rabbit was trapped in the past week and was highly contaminated with radioactive cesium.

Information from: Tri-City Herald,