Item #: SCP-1728
Object Class: Euclid
Special Containment Procedures: New instances of SCP-1728 are to be coated in a corrosion-proof epoxy and delivered individually to Storage Sites AtAP-26, AtAP-29, PaAP-11, PaAP-32, PaAP-33, and InAP-10, rotating through the sites until 10 instances are stored at each. Once all sites are at capacity, enact procedure SCP-1728-C. All remaining instances of SCP-1728-1 through SCP-1728-81 are stored at [redacted]. No storage site used for SCP-1728 is to be established within 250 kilometers of any permanently inhabited land or commercial airliner routes.
If sufficient expansion events occur that would bring inhabited land or commercial airspace within the radius of effect, follow the procedure in document SCP-1728-D.
No Foundation personnel should remain within the radius of effect for more than 18 hours unless they are already infertile or otherwise sterile. The current radius of effect is 234 meters.
Description: SCP-1728 refers to the volume of effect projected by instances of SCP-1728. Instances of SCP-1728 are identical wire coat hangers, composed of low-carbon steel wire with traces of chromium, molybdenum, and other impurities typical to steel of the time and place they were manufactured.
All known instances are traced to a [xx] [xx] AG factory in [xx], Germany, destroyed on March 3, 1943. Due to steel shortages, only a single run was authorized at the request of uniform manufacturer [xx] [xx]. Between [xx] and [xxx] instances were produced.
If the hook is uncoiled or any portion of the hanger cut, the wire immediately snaps at the midpoint, and becomes brittle to the touch. The radius of effect of all remaining instances of SCP-1728 doubles.
There are 78 instances of SCP-1728 in Foundation custody, out of 81 recovered. Two were destroyed during testing. The third was lost during a breach event at Site [xxx] on [xxx], 19[xx], when Agent [xxx] attempted to use one for unlocking a vehicle.
When SCP-1728 was first recovered, it was categorized as an anomalous item with a short (1.8 meter) range of effect. One dozen instances were discovered at that time. Additional analysis of medical reports uncovered several other clusters of unexplained miscarriages, leading to the containment of 16 additional instances in the first three years. Another 27 instances were recovered after new clusters were created following the expansion of the effect radius caused by the destruction of two instances during testing (the radius at that time growing to 7.2 meters).
Each instance of SCP-1728 projects a radius of effect within which gamete cells, zygotes, or developing fetuses are eventually rendered non-viable. Multiple instances of SCP-1728 within each others' effective radii neither interferes with nor reinforces the effect. Ova and sperm cells are immediately sterilized; the more developed an embryo is, the longer before the effect terminates it. Pregnancies in the second half of the third trimester will come to term.
No further testing directly on an instance of SCP-1728 is permitted, and no instance of SCP-1728 is to be destroyed until all instances are accounted for.
Results of testing on D-Class is described in document SCP-1728-F.
Document SCP-1728-A, an article published in the [xx] 19[xx] issue of the Soviet medical journal "Akusherstvo i ginekologiia"
Document SCP-1728-B, a summary of medical reports from Agent [xx] in [xx], West Germany, based on anomalous reports centered around [xx]in West Germany; [xx], [xx], and [xx] in East Germany; [xx], Austria; [xx] and [xx], UK; [xx], US; and [xx], Japan. Instances of SCP-1728 were recovered in all locations.
Document SCP-1728-C, Establishment of Abyssal Plain Storage Facilities
Document SCP-1728-D, Analysis of Site Move versus Zone of Avoidance Establishment
Document SCP-1728-E, a summary of several journals' accounts of a wave of unexplained miscarriages in [xx], [xx], [xx], [xx], and [xx], Germany; [xx], Ukraine; [xx], Russia; [xx], [xx], [xx], and [xx], US. These followed the expansion events of [xx] [xx], 20[xx] when the radius octupled. All instances in custody were verified as intact; the expansion of the effect radius was blamed on three unrecovered instances being destroyed. Instances recovered in the aftermath of that event account for the current total.
Document SCP-1728-F, log of testing results
Dr. [xx]'s Note ([xx] [xx], 20[xx]): No credible account of how the hangers have dispersed from [xx], Germany since 19[xx] has been formulated. Object recategorized as SCP-1728, and since there are as many as [xx] instances still in the wild, currently classified as Euclid.