Radiation Hoax Sent Out by E-mail

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City News Service

An official-looking e-mail that warns residents that radioactive particles from the Fukushima Nuclear Plant in Japan could possibly mix in with the weekend’s rainfall was a hoax, a county fire official said Saturday.

Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Sam Padilla said a fraudulent e-mail containing the heading “Acid Rain Precautions” and the County of Los Angeles Fire Department logo has surfaced. It warns that radioactive particles from the nuclear plant could mix with rain and “cause burns, alopecia and even cancer.”

“The County of Los Angeles Fire Department has not issued this statement nor do we believe the statements within the e-mail to be factual,”  said Public Affairs Battalion Chief Jon O’Brien.

Padilla urged persons seeking information on the potential impact from the release at the stricken reactors to obtain information from a reputable agency. He also urged caution when viewing e-mails, and said people should always verify the source of their information.

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