Milestones: 14 Years Ago in TIME

One fear in the current crisis is that terrorists might have got hold of enough RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL to make a so-called dirty bomb. What would happen to victims? In an issue with a cover story on global warming, TIME told about an incident in which cesium-137 was found in a discarded piece of medical equipment.

The lovely phosphorescent powder was unlike anything Leide das Neves Ferreira, 6, had ever seen. Her father, a junk dealer in the Brazilian city of Goiania, discovered the mysterious substance when he pried open a heavy lead casing that a scavenger had sold him. Leide rubbed...

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