In 1995 a boy scout created a nuclear reactor and irradiated part of his neighborhood. This happened in a small Michigan town about 25 miles away from Detroit.
The boy, David Hahn, was a child of divorced parents. He lived with his father and his stepmother but he frequently visited his mother and her boyfriend. David’s stepmother gave him a book about chemical experiments when he was 10 years old and this book provoked his interest in chemistry and science which later resulted in his decision to create a powerful neutron gun.
He obtained information on radioactive isotopes and other chemicals by contacting an official in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Once he found out what he needed for his experiment, David started getting different items and objects to use in the compounds including old clocks and smoke detectors. Finally, David managed to invent a nuclear reactor out of aluminum foil and duct tape. The reactor was locked into a toolbox. David’s invention irradiated part of the neighborhood and according to the authorities about 40,000 residents were subjected to a risk posed by the reactor.