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Authorities search for missing radioactive material, case

A carrying case to carry a radioactive gauge (Source: Arkansas Department of Health) A carrying case to carry a radioactive gauge (Source: Arkansas Department of Health)
A radioactive gauge (Source: Arkansas Department of Health) A radioactive gauge (Source: Arkansas Department of Health)
LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) -

State authorities are looking for a gauge with radioactive material, and transport case, reportedly stolen from a Hot Springs business.

According to Arkansas Department of Health Public Information Officer Meg Mirivel, the device contains shielding and is not dangerous if it stays intact. The device can be dangerous if damaged or removed from its container.

Mirivel said the transport case is the size of a trunk and is yellow plastic with handles on each end and on the top of the case. The gauge is also yellow, with a rectangular base and a foot-long handle on top.

Both weigh about 85 to 95 pounds, Mirivel said, noting while the gauge can make people sick, there is not enough material to make an explosive device.

Anyone with information on the missing gauge and case can call police or the Arkansas Department of Health at 1-800-633-1735 or 501-661-2173. 

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