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Mar 31, 2015

03:23:35 GMT--HAZMAT - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: HZ-20150331-47555-USA

Date / time: 31/03/2015 03:22:09 [UTC]


Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Arkansas

Location: Little Rock [Northwest Pulaski County]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


A gauge containing radioactive material was stolen from a construction site near Little Rock, according to a news release from the Arkansas Department of Health. The construction site where the gauge was stolen from is close to Interstate 40 in Northwest Pulaski County, the release states. Although the device has radioactive containment and isn't dangerous if the shield remains intact, it could present a radiation hazard if it were damaged, officials said. The gauge transport case is approximately the size and shape of a vehicle's trunk, and it's made of a yellow plastic. "The gauge itself is also yellow with a rectangular base and a foot-long handle on top. Both are clearly labeled as radioactive. The gauge and transport case weighs approximately 85 to 95 pounds," the release states. Containing approximately eight millicuries of Cesium-137 and 40 millicuries of Americium-241, the gauge is used to take moisture and density measurements by projecting radiation from the two radioactive sources into the ground and then displaying the amount of radiation reflected back to the gauge, officials said. "The gauge is described as a Troxler Electronic Laboratories Model 3440, Serial Number 25959," the release states. Although the gauge does pose a potential public health risk, it doesn't have enough radioactive material to be used for any explosive device, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

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