Information on experiment legality, precedent, and incidents. Focus on USA home experimentation.
Incidents that evoked law enforcement response.
aka “Radioactive Boy Scout”
Result: superfund site.
He tried to recreate David's project. Notably he posted a picture of his stove covered in radioactive debris after a mixture exploded
Result: Jail time / fines?
NRC visit after posting details about his CT scanner online. Sounds like they worked with him to get it certified compliant by adding shielding.
Lots of people seem to build small home reactors without issue.
Spectrum Techniques has some info on exempt sources, including NRC links
Why is Curie limit different for different isotopes?