Swede's Home Nuclear Reactor On Back Burner

A home nuclear reactor planned by 31-year-old Richard Handl in Ängelholm in western Sweden has been placed on the back burner indefinitely by authorities.

Handl, who explained that his interest in nuclear physics was awakened as a teenager, ordered some radioactive material from overseas and acquired more by taking apart a domestic fire alarm.

Despite Handl's frank and full disclosure of his experiment, his activities only came to the attention of the authorities a couple of weeks ago when he contacted the Swedish Radiation Authority (Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten) to inquire if it was legal to construct a nuclear reactor at home.

Handl was told that somebody would be sent to measure the levels of radiation in his flat.

Someday we'll have reactors for the home, Mr. Handl, but they will be called Mr. Fusion (not Mr. Fission).


(Mr. Fusion gets fuel in Back to the Future)

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