Meet David Hahn – The 17 Year Old Boy Scout Who Built A Nuclear Reactor In His Mom’s Backyard 20 Years Ago That Made The Neighborhood Radioactive


In 1994, in a shed next to his mother’s house, a 17-year-old David Charles Hahn (1976-2016) made a nuclear reactor from batteries, old clocks, lanterns, uranium from Czechoslovakia and duct tape.

The story attracted media attention and David was named the ‘Radioactive Boy Scout.’

Scroll down to read the full incredible story of David Hahn, which was shared by one internet user.

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  1. David Hahn was a boy scout from a small town who was always fascinated with science and chemistry

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  4. David’s passion grew even further when he acquired ‘The Golden Book Of Chemistry Experiments,’ as a gift from his grandfather

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  7. David converted his mother’s basement into a lab where he could conduct chemical experiments

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  11. During one accident, the family home was set on fire and Hahn’s mother decided that he should move his ‘lab’ into the shed in the backyard

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  13. As a boy scout, David earned an Atomic Energy Merit Badge, which gave him the idea to build his own nuclear reactor

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  15. He got in touch with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and started corresponding with them, pretending to be a physics teacher

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