Kids' "power station" sparks radiation alert

BERLIN (Reuters) – A toy nuclear power plant built by two six year-olds sparked a public alert in Germany, only for authorities to discover the would-be security threat was the shell of a computer with a radiation warning sign stuck to it.

Fire services and police cordoned off several streets and told residents to stay indoors in the western town of Oelde after the two boys left their mock power station on the street when they went home for dinner Monday evening.

“It wasn’t a prank, they were just playing,” a local police spokeswoman said Tuesday. “The boys tried to go back later to carry on but the fire brigade wouldn’t let them through.”

Well, it could be worse – they could have built a real nuclear device like this teenager did:


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