(MENAFN) A metal cylinder containing a radioactive substance has been found next to a beach on Beirut's outskirts, Lebanese authorities said on Wednesday, ruling out any danger to the public.
The Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission (LAEC) said the cylinder was found on Tuesday at Ouzai just south of the capital, saying that none of the substance escaped from the object.
"Tests conducted in the field showed the radioactive substance was still isolated in the cylinder and did not cause any radioactive pollution in the area it was found," the LAEC said in a statement.
The cylinder bore the inscription "USA DOT 7A TYPE A RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL".
"Currently we do not have any information on the origin of this cylinder,I asked the prosecutor yesterday to open an investigation about this which will be conducted by the military police " said Lebanese environment minister Tarek El Khatib.
"If this container has come from the sea, we will have to make sure there are no other similar cylinders."