Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Tadley homes evacuated after radioactive canister found

A fire engine Image copyright Paul King
Image caption Five fire crews attended the scene

Homes in Hampshire were evacuated after a canister containing radioactive material was found in a garden.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue was called to Giles Road in Tadley just after 20:30 BST on Sunday after the homeowner discovered the labelled can in a shed.

Experts from Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston attended the scene and 16 homes were evacuated.

It was established the contents of the canister were radioactive, but very low-level and harmless.

Residents were allowed back to their homes shortly afterwards.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue said it sent five crews to the incident.

Image copyright Paul King
Image caption Surrounding homes were evacuated

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