HARRISBURG, Pa., April 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Officials from the
Department of Environmental Protection are urging anyone with information
about a stolen moisture density gauge containing radioactive material to
contact the Philadelphia Police Department or the Pennsylvania Emergency
DEP's Bureau of Radiation Protection Director David J. Allard cautioned
that the gauge presents no danger to the public so long as the radioactive
contents remain shielded.
"As long as the device is not tampered with or damaged, it presents no
hazard to the public," said Allard. "However, handling an unshielded
radioactive source outside of its container for more than a few minutes
carries a risk of potentially dangerous radiation exposure, as does any
attempt to tamper with the radioactive source in the device."
The portable gauge belongs to Applied Testing and Geosciences LLC,
Bridgeport, Montgomery County. It was stolen from a locked box that was
chained to a flatbed truck on Dickinson Street in Philadelphia and was
removed from its yellow transportation container.
The theft is believed to have occurred between 8:30 p.m., Thursday,
April 24, and 6:45 a.m. today.
The Philadelphia Police Department was notified of the incident and
responded to the area. The investigation is ongoing.
The gauge is used for industrial purposes, such as measuring the
density of soil at construction sites.
The gauge, which is a Troxler model number 3411, is approximately eight
inches wide, 14 inches long and eight inches high with a rod that may
extend 16 inches out of the top. It will have a label that says: "Caution
The device holds two encapsulated sources of cesium-137 and
Anyone with information regarding the device is asked to contact their
local police or the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency at
CONTACT: Tom Rathbun
(717) 979-6410 (cell)
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection