Swedish Man Arrested for Splitting Atoms at Home

A Swedish man was arrested for trying to split atoms in his kitchen.

Richard Handl, 31-years-old, blogged about his attempts at setting up a nuclear reactor at home, including how he created a small meltdown on his stove. He had been trying for months to set up the experiment.

Handl said he didn’t know if it was illegal and asked Sweden’s Radiation Authority for advice. In turn, they alerted the police, who raided his house and found radioactive elements — radium, americium and uranium.

Handl, who claims he only did it only as a “hobby,” was arrested on charges of unauthorized possession of nuclear material.

“I have always been interested in physics and chemistry,” he said. “I wanted to see if it’s possible to split atoms at home.”

If convicted, Handl may up to two years in jail.

Handl says dangerous levels of radiation in his apartment were not detected by authorities, but he acknowledges that perhaps the project wasn’t such a good idea.

“From now on, I will stick to the theory,” he said.

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