A barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an Idaho nuclear facility, federal officials said Thursday, triggering a fire alarm, but firefighters quickly extinguished the smoldering barrel. The U.S. Department of Energy said the 55-gallon barrel ruptured late Wednesday at the 890-square-mile site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory, one of the nation’s top federal nuclear-research labs. After three firefighters from the laboratory doused the ruptured barrel, they also pulled it away from a dozen others nearby. When the firefighters left the building, emergency workers detected a small amount of radioactive material on their skin and it was washed off, said department spokeswoman Danielle Miller. The three who were taken to a nearby medical facility as a precaution, she said.
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