Japanese couple sell radioactive cell phone straps, arrested
A couple in Hiroshima, Japan were arrested yesterday for selling glowing cell phone straps.
The reason for the glow is the same as the reason for the arrest–the straps contain 26 times the legal limit of tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen.
To handle the substance even at allowable levels, Japanese law requires people to receive special permission from the Ministry of Science and Technology, which the couple who obtained the tritium from the UK did not have.
Japanese police estimate that 2,600 to 2,700 of these straps were sold for between $47 and $61 each, resulting in around $160,000 in revenue over a 3.5 year period.