Man Arrested for Trying to Split Atoms at Home

What a Swedish man calls his pastime has landed him in jail after police caught him trying to split atoms at his own home.

Richard Handl was arrested late last month after Sweden’s Radiation Authority alerted police of the 31-year-old’s home experiment. According to Handl, he queried the Radiation Authority about his experiment after realizing that unauthorized possession of radioactive materials was illegal. Handl had acquired some radium, uranium, and americium, which he had planned to use on a nuclear reactor he was trying to build at his home. Handl, who claimed that he wanted to “see if it’s possible to split atoms at home,” even blogged about his experiment.

“I have always been interested in physics and chemistry,” Handl told the Associated Press. However, after his arrest, Handl said he is no longer keen on pursuing his plan to split atoms at home. “From now on, I will stick to the theory,” he said. Handl could spend up to two years in jail if convicted on the charge of unauthorized possession of nuclear material.