Update: Stolen Radioactive Gauge Found

Update:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Department of Health Radiation Control Section has been notified that a stolen radioactive gauge has been found.

In a brief news release issued Thursday afternoon, the ADH said that "the Troxler Electronic Laboratories Gauge (Model 3440, Serial Number 15160) reported stolen on April 19, 2017, was recovered." 

"There is no evidence to indicate that the gauge posed a health risk to anyone this time," the release continued.

Original story:
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - A gauge containing radioactive material has been stolen from a business in Hot Springs, according to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), Radiation Control Section.

The ADH said the device is not dangerous if it remains intact; however, if it is damaged or broken, the device could present a radiation hazard. The ADH said the device contains cesium and americium and is used to take moisture and density measurements.

The device is the size and shape of a trunk and is made of a hard, yellow plastic with handles on each end and weighs around 85 to 95 pounds. The ADH said the device is labeled as radioactive. The ADH said materials in the device cannot be used as an explosive device.

Anyone with information on the gauge may report it by calling this number: 1-800-633-1735.


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