Local police arrested a man in Sweden for trying to build his own nuclear reactor. The man, only known as “Richard” (via his blog), said he did the project "not to gain electricity, just for fun and to see if it's possible to split atoms at home.”
In an interview with Helsingsborgs Dagblad, a Swedish language local paper, he said that he was able to buy radioactive waste from foreign companies and picked apart the components in a smoke detector. Apparent;y, older smoke detectors contain nuclear material. According to the 31 year-old, he spent between $5,000 and $6,000 on the project.
He found out that his project was illegal after contacting Sweden's nuclear power agency and it was revealed to him that it actually was. Police came to his apartment and confiscated the material. The young man was arrested but later released. Authorities later claimed the man “Richard” could have not been successful anyway.
He then detailed the story of his arrest in his blog "Richard's Reactor":
“Wednesday, I was arrested and sent to jail, when the police and the Swedish Radiation Safety Authory searched my apartment. They took all my radioactive stuff, but I was released after a hearing. But I am still suspect for crime against the radiation safety law.
I was ordered by the police to get out of the building with my hands up, then, three men came, with geiger-counters and searched me. Then I was placed in a police-car, when Radiation Safety Authory went into my apartment with very advanced measure-tools. So, my project is canceled! “