Police Searching for Lost Nuclear Gauge

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are looking for help to find a lost nuclear density gauge that fell off a pickup truck.

The device is safe if used properly; however, if tampered with or damaged, there is a risk of dangerous radiation exposure.

The gauge fell out of a truck near Charleston and Lamb boulevard Tuesday. The device is 14 inches by nine inches with an electronic keypad display and a metal probe. The gauge weighs 31 pounds with a handle that extends 22 inches above the base.

It is labeled radioactive and marked with a radiation symbol. It is used to test the density and moisture content of soil and construction materials.

The owner of the device, Geo Tek Inc., is offering a reward for the return of the device. For information on the reward, call Steve Johnson at (702) 210-7397.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Police at (702) 828-3111, or the State of Nevada's Radiation Control Program at 1-877-438-7231.


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