FBI shuts down gamer's homemade nuclear reactor

Nuke GuyFor this week’s ‘you’ve got to be kidding me’ story, an out of work game designer in Texas wanted to do something useful during his time off–so he decided to build his very own nuclear reactor at home.

The gamer, whose name was withheld by the request of his family, is a computer genius and has been enamored with the science of physics since he was in the eighth grade. He has an intense interest in radiation and nuclear reactions.

However, after he posted details about his hobby, the federal authorities were alerted and decided to make a visit to young Einstein to see what he was up to. The gamer and amateur physicist said, "People do it in universities all the time. It’s just not usual that somebody does it outside of a university."

His homebrew reactor doubled the radiation in his home but as it turns out, the police, FBI and officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, who made a surprise visit to his house, decided that everything was in order and there was nothing to be alarmed about.

"They’re just doing their job. That’s their job to come and check on stuff like that. When they left, it had been deemed that, you know, everything was within reason." The authorities confiscated all his equipment at the urging of his parents.

Well, at least they didn’t take away his video games.

The gamer stoically said after the incident, "I think I’ll keep it cool for awhile."

Good idea.

[via nbc5i]


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