Database of radiological incidents and related events--Johnston's Archive
Lilo orphaned sources, 1996-1997
compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 22 July 2012
June 1996-9 October 1997
Lilo Training Center, Tbilsi, Georgia
Type of event:
From April to August 1997 several soldiers at the Lilo Training Centre developed skin lesions, which were recognized as radiation burns in August. On 26 August a radiation hot spot was discoverd at the training site near an underground shelter. On 13 September a source was removed from one soldier's jacket. By October 11 patients had been identified. Several individuals suffered vomiting. A dozen individual sources were found, plus 200 sighting devices containing radium-226. Estimated doses are as high as (for the 11 individuals) 590, 420, 410, 150, 110, 110, 70, 60, 60, 20, and 20 rem.
- Gottlober, Petra, Guntram Bezold, Lutz Weber, Patrick Gourmelon, Jean Marc Cosset, Wolfgang Bahren, Hans J. Hald, Theodor M. Fliedner, and Ralf U. Peter, March 2000, "The radiation accident in Georgia: Clinical appearance and diagnosis of cutaneous radiation syndrome," Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 42:453-458.
- IAEA, September 2000, The Radiological Accident in Lilo, IAEA (Vienna, Austria), on line at IAEA [http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1097_web.pdf].
- Roy, L., E. Gregoire, V. Durand, V. Buard, M. Delbos, N. Paillole, I. Sorokine-Durm, P. Gourmelon, and P. Voisin, 2006, "Study of the tools available in biological dosimetry to estimate the dose in cases of accidental complex overexposure to ionizing radiation: The Lilo accident," International Journal of Radiation Biology, 82(1):39-48.
© 2004, 2012 by Wm. Robert Johnston.
Last modified 22 July 2012.
Return to Home. Return to Nuclear Weapons Resources. Return to Database of radiological incidents and related events.