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Man detained over nuclear plans

ANGELHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A Swedish man said he was detained by police for attempting to build a nuclear reactor in the kitchen of his home.

The 31-year-old Angelholm man, whose name was not released, told the Helsingborgs Dagblad newspaper he had been interested in nuclear physics since he was a teenager and recently began experimenting at home with radioactive materials he obtained from overseas and from taking apart a fire alarm, The Local reported Tuesday.

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The man said he made no effort to hide his activities and even blogged about his experiments.

However, he said police contacted him after he inquired to the Swedish Radiation Authority about the legality of constructing a nuclear reactor in his home.

The man said the agency responded by saying someone would be sent to measure the radiation levels in his apartment.

"When they came they had the police with them. I have had a Geiger counter and have not detected a problem with radiation," the man said.

The man said police took him in for questioning, but he was later released.

The resident said he will focus on "theoretical" nuclear research in the future.

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