ADH reports stolen gauge containing radioactive material

ADH reports stolen gauge containing radioactive material

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - A gauge containing dangerous radioactive material has been stolen from a construction site.

Arkansas Department of Health stated Monday in a news release the radioactive gauge was taken from a construction site near I-40 West in northwest Pulaski County.

There is shielding on the device and it is safe as long as it remains intact. However, if it is damaged or the radioactive sources are removed from their sealed container, it could pose a radiation hazard.

It contains approximately 8 millicuries of cesium-137 and 40 millicuries of americium-241. The gauge is used to take moisture and density measurements, ADH stated.

The case for the gauge is about the size and shape of a trunk, according to ADH, and is made of hard yellow plastic with handles on each end and on top.

The gauge is as pictured. It is a Troxler Electronic Laboratories model number 3440 and serial number 25959.

Both are clearly labeled radioactive and together they weigh 85 to 95 pounds.

Arkansas State Police, local government officials and law enforcement agencies, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management have also been notified.

Anyone with information about the gauge or case is strongly urged to call local law enforcement immediately. Or call 1-800-633-1735 or 501-661-2173 and ask for the staff duty officer with any details.

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