Officials Looking for Radioactive Gauge Missing from Jonesboro

APRIL 27, 2006 - Posted at 3:38 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - A radioactive guage used to measure soil density disappeared from a job site in Jonesboro.  State officials say anyone finding the guage should call authorities immediately.

The guage may pose a health risk if handled or carried for an extended period.

The Arkansas Department of Health & Human Services says the guage is a Troxler Electronic Laboratory Model 3440.  The guage has a serial number of 36212.  The agency says the guage contains Cesium-137 and Americium-2411.  The guage is in a yellow plastic transport case and weighs about 90 pounds, officials said.

Anyone finding the guage is asked to call 800-633-1735.

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