Authorities in Pennsylvania are looking for a missing nuclear gauge, which has gone missing from a local job site and contains radioactive material. If you come across it, you are strongly encouraged to report it to the police. But also, stay away from it.
Nuclear gauges of this type are commonly used in civil engineering and construction projects as a means of measuring soil density and water content, as well as for other purposes, so said the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Coordination Division of Radiation Protection of the USDA Office. For many of these activities, the device emits a tiny amount of radiation, the type of which is contained in a sealed internal pocket. If the device is used correctly by a qualified professional, it poses no threat. However, if a gauge is broken or damaged, authorities have warned that it may present health risks.
In a heartwarming way, they actually tend to disappear-Where are stolen–quite a little. In this case, the gauge that has disappeared belongs to CMT Laboratories, a civil engineering company based in Pennsylvania. It was last seen Wednesday when the “authorized user” of the gauge accidentally left it at a construction site in Logan Township, Penn. after forgetting to put it back in its case, say it Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Now, apparently, no one can find him, and the company is offering a reward of $ 1,000 for the information leading to his return.
The article, which is a Troxler model 3440, is yellow, the size of a shoebox, and has a keyboard and a metal rod, the authorities said.
“It is essential that anyone with information about the lost nuclear gauge immediately contact state police,” said David Allard, director of the DEP Radiation Protection Bureau. via Twitter. “As long as the device is not tampered with or damaged, it presents no danger to public safety.”
I guess it’s a good thing that lost or stolen items rarely get tampered with or damaged. All kidding aside, if you somehow spot this thing lying around somewhere, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Pennsylvania State Police Lamar Barracks at 570-726-6000.