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Nuclear material explodes into the sky during a thermonuclear test by the French Army in 1970. (Flickr user Pierre J.)

Top Ten Cases of Nuclear Thefts Gone Wrong

These thieves would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn’t been for those meddling anti-smuggling authorities

Moldovan police arrest six people for attempting to sell more than one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of uranium-235, valued at approximately $20 million.

(Much thanks to Alex P. Schmid & Charlotte Spencer-Smith for their indispensable research on this subject.)

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