A Swedish man arrested on charges of unauthorized possession of nuclear material after trying to split atoms in his kitchen says he was only doing it as a hobby.
The man, Richard Handl, has told the Associated Press that he had the radioactive elements radium, americium and uranium in his apartment in southern Sweden when police showed up.
Handl said Wednesday he has always been interested in physics and chemistry and “just wanted to see if it was possible to split atoms at home.”
The raid took place in late July, but police have refused to comment. If convicted, Handl could face fines or up to two years in prison.
Some people so against progress! May be he was on a border of a very important discovery. Make your own energy at your kitchen table, free for all! That police, they just had to show up, meddlers!
I bet his landlord's pissed.
The lease distinctly states: no pets, no loud music after 10pm, and no atom splitting!
This arrest is so stupid. It's founded on a huge assumption. What if he was making nuclear weapons, but from the news report, there doesn't seem to be evidence at all of a weapon but merely a curious man.
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