Wait, What?! Kodak Had a Nuclear Reactor in the Basement

05/14/2012 12:41 PM |

Like this, but smaller.
  • Like this, but smaller.

Apparently Kodak had a “refrigerator sized” nuclear reactor in the basement bunker of their Rochester headquarters. And they were using to check chemicals for impurities. Holy shit!

Although the reactor was not a secret, it was unclear if Kodak informed police and fire departments of its existence. Local authorities were also unaware of its existence.

The reactor contained more than 3lbs of highly enriched uranium — the same material used to construct nuclear weapons. The uranium was removed in November 2007 in protective containers, the report said.

Company spokesman Christopher Veronda said he could find no record that Kodak ever publicly announced the reactor.

[NY Post]

I know there is a “nuke the fridge” joke in here somewhere, but I don’t really feel like doing the math.