Okay, back again. The news report I'm quoting from is entitled "V Podolí našli zářící váleček s radiem, v zemi mohl být desítky let".
Freely translated, it means "Radioactive cylinder containing radium found in Podoli, could have been in the ground for tens of years".
The article and video can be found
Novinky.cz website. ("Novinky" simply means "news".)
The opening paragraph reads:
Specializovaná firma začala během čtvrtečního poledne pracovat v Podolí na vytažení zdroje zvýšené radiace. Experti v zemi našli
malý váleček, který záření vydával. Zřejmě obsahuje radium. Předsedkyně Státního úřadu pro jadernou bezpečnost (SÚJB) Dana Drábová
jmenovala radiovou jehlu. Řekla, že je možné, že předmět byl v zemi desítky let.
During Thursday morning a specialist firm began work in Podoli to remove a source of increased radiation. The experts found a small cylinder in the
ground, which is releasing the radiation. It most likely contains radium. Dana Drabova, the head of the State Office for Nuclear Safety (SUJB),
described it as a radioavtive needle. She said it is possible that the object had been in the ground for tens of years.
Mainly due to copyright concerns (viz ATS T&Cs) I'm not going to copy and then write out a translation for the whole of the remaining text word for
word, but I'll summarize.
In the following two paragraphs they repeat the info that a specialist firm is working there this morning (ie Thursday Sept 29) and also that experts
from the relevant Govt dept are taking ground samples for lab analysis and will also check if radiation levels in the playground go back to normal
after the object has been removed.
Then Marek Bozenhard from the SUJB informs us that the material is most likely radium 226, which is used in medicine. Next par: Drabova agrees and she
goes on to say that in the past it was quite common to find radioactive materials that were from medical-use sources. This is why she suggests it's a
radioactive needle. (Note from me: meaning a special needle used in radiation-related medical treatment or investigation.)
Under the picture there's a statement from Irena Cespirova, of the State Office of Nuclear Protection (apparently a different agency from Drabova's
btw). She says that considering the ground of the playground is well compacted and there's no evidence of digging, it's possible that the needle got
there (underground) around the time the playground was constructed, and unlikely that it got there recently.
There's more in the text where they go on about the man with the peeping watch (yes, it does use the word that means "peeping") and also a man
talks about how his daughter took her son (ie his grandson) to the playground and he's worried about possible effects and so on, but frankly the
above details are the meat of it.
In summary, someone probably dumped some old bits from a medical device that had a radioactive component in it and the thing got buried under a
playground. Knowing how slack they were about such stuff here in the old days it doesn't surprise me in the least. As Drabova said, it was "quite
common" in the past.