The Goiânia accident was a radioactive contamination accident that occurred on September 13, 1987, when an unsecured caesium chloride radiation source left in an abandoned hospital in Goiânia, Brazil. It was recovered by scavenger thieves unaware of its true nature.
They played around with it then sold to a scrapyard, who's owner also played about with it. It was a family toy for a while.
About 112,000 people were examined for radioactive contamination, with a total of 249 people badly contaminated and 4 later died. Several, including the dead had pealing skin, vommted often, went nearly bald, lost a lot off wieght, go servere boddy odour issues and passed out on occasions.
The clean-up operation involved top soil removal, demolishing several several houses and destroying contaminated objects from within those houses.