2900 curies is a LOT. In the nuclear power world we normally deal in surface contamination levels that are measured in terms of "micro-micro curies per square centimeter" (1 micro-micro = 0.000000000001). As you can see, there's a butt-load of micro-micros in 2900! Hard to believe that anyone with any training at all would be cavalier about dealing with a 2900 curie source, or would have tried to remove it from where it was stuck at all.
Some quick calculations shows that the standard contamination limit would be reached and require decon if that source was evenly spread out over 248 square miles.
Nuclear power looks like it's WAY safer than standard everyday radiation uses! Another point - we have a source (I can't/won't tell you what it's used for) that, when removed from the instrument it lives in, is strictly controlled. Thing is, it takes 5 of those sources to be as radioactive as a single standard smoke detector like you have in your house.
Back on topic, that company should be out of business and the people involved banned from ever having anything to do with radiation ever again.