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Fire department says radiation from box found in Roxbury was within limits

A radioactive box was found in the basement of a building in Roxbury this afternoon, but the radiation it emitted was within acceptable limits, and the fire department will dispose of it, authorities said.

The padlocked wooden box was found at 64 Julian St. in the basement of a three-story building, shortly before 2 p.m., officials said. Boston police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said the bomb squad and the fire department’s hazardous materials unit were called in to investigate.

Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said low levels of radiation were detected but they posed no apparent threat. No injuries were reported.

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MacDonald said authorities planned to search the basement and the building.

Hazmat technicians planned to take the box to a fire department facility for disposal, the fire department said.