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Radiation Hotspot Linked to Bottles in Tokyo House

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant reactors stand in line intact in Okuma town in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Radiation has covered the area around the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant and blanketed parts of the complex, making the job of rendering the plant safe so that it doesn't threaten public health and the environment, or "decommissioning", a bigger task than usual.

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant reactors stand in line intact in Okuma town in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Radiation has covered the area around the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant and blanketed parts of the complex, making the job of rendering the plant safe so that it doesn't threaten public health and the environment, or "decommissioning", a bigger task than usual.  (AP2011)

TOKYO-- Japanese officials investigating a small radiation hotspot in Tokyo have tracked down its source to old bottles stored in an empty house's basement.

Tokyo's Setagaya city council had detected radioactivity exceeding that of an evacuation area about 25 miles from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant at a roadside spot after concerned parents monitoring for radiation sought further tests.

It said Thursday the cause is most likely the unspecified content of several old bottles, not the tsunami-hit nuclear plant. It says radioactivity from the bottles exceeded the measurable limit on a low-dose counter.

Police are investigating the possible illegal possession of radioactive materials.

Officials say exposures at the spot wouldn't pose a health danger.