Sneak thief Herb Williams steals an oil indicating device containing highly radioactive beryllium pellets and jettisons it in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid capture. A scavenger named Adams finds the device and sells it to a junkyard where Mel (a ham radio operator) buys it for parts. Dan Mathews and the device's handler, Mr. Hoyt, remain a frustrating few steps behind the device despite reluctant assistance from Williams and Adams. Dan asks the American Radio Relay League to warn area radio operators about the device on its evening broadcast. The League does so, but Mel's pregnant wife Ann opens the device and is exposed to the pellets. Dan, Mel, and Mr. Hoyt have only seconds to prevent a tragedy.
Did You Know?
The "American Radio Relay League" that was mentioned in the episode is a national association for amateur radio. It is still in existence today. See more
On Mr. Hoyt's blackboard, the chemical element beryllium is misspelled "berilium". See more
The Highway Patrol is engaged in many ordinary activities. Apprehending criminals is not ordinary, and is occasionally given increased urgency by the nature of the crime involved. On the morning of October third, Herb Williams, a sneak thief, stole an expensive radioactive oil indicator. The Highway Patrol swung into action to save Williams and any innocent victims from the danger of exposure to the radioactive mechanism.
21 November 1955 (USA)
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(Western Electric Recording)
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