Houston fire department issues, then lifts, Shelter in Place alert after radiation detected at Houston hotel

False alarm: Construction crew triggers radiation scare near Hobby Airport

I don’t know quite what happened in Houston this afternoon, but it seems that “city radiation monitors” were set off at a Houston hotel, resulting in guests being instructed to remain in their rooms. It now looks as if the alert has been lifted.

KHOU is now calling the incident a false alarm. Here’s their latest report:

The radiation scare near Hobby Airport turned out to be a false alarm.

A shelter-in-place was issued in the 8800 block of Airport at Hansen after alarms went off signaling a radiation leak.

Guests and employees at hotels in the area were kept inside and traffic was diverted.

The Houston Fire Department sent a HAZMAT unit to the scene and at least one ambulance was on standby.

Turns out a construction crew was x-raying some pipes and that set off the radiation sensors.

Some unanswered questions: Why was there enough radiation to set off the city’s radiation sensors, and since when does Houston have radiation sensors?

Here’s a link to the KHOU piece: http://www.khou.com/news/local/HFD-Shelter-in-place-issued-near-Hobby-Airport-after-radioactive-materials-found-159225205.html

And here’s a link to a Houston Chronicle blog post on the incident: http://blog.chron.com/newswatch/2012/06/hfd-investigates-possible-radiation-leak-at-se-houston-hotel/



About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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