The Straits Times
Published on Sep 26, 2012

French painter causes radioactive scare in court


LYON, France (AFP) - A French painter and peace activist triggered a security scare on Tuesday when he smashed a glass container with a slightly radioactive pigment in a courthouse, calling the act "performance art".

A response team for nuclear, radiological, biological and chemical emergencies was called, one floor of the Lyon court house evacuated and about 50 people checked for radiation exposure, all negative.

Claiming to promote world peace, the man smashed a display case with a glass front, releasing pigments of autunite, a greenish fluorescent mineral, Lyon firefighter Colonel Bertrand Kaiser told AFP.

This "caused a minor panic," he said, adding that one floor of the courthouse was evacuated.