LITTLE ROCK — A gauge containing radioactive material has been stolen from a business in Hot Springs, the state Department of Health said Wednesday.
The device contains shielding and is not dangerous if it remains intact, but it could present a radiation hazard if it were damaged and the radioactive sources were exposed or removed from their sealed container, the agency said in a news release.
The gauge is described as a Troxler Electronic Laboratories Model 3440, Serial Number 15160. Its transport case is about the size and shape of a trunk and is made of a hard, yellow plastic with handles on each end and the top.
The gauge itself is also yellow with a rectangular base and a foot-long handle on top. Both are labeled as radioactive. The gauge and transport case weighs about 85 to 95 pounds.
Anyone finding the gauge should immediately report it to local police or call (800) 633-1735 or (501) 661-2173 and ask for the radiation staff duty officer, the Health Department said.