Device reported stolen from construction site in Prince George’s County, not a hazard as long as radioactive material remains locked
Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Department of the Environment is issuing a public notice that a gauge containing a small, sealed amount of radioactive material has been reported to have been stolen from a highway project site in Prince George’s County.
A Troxler Model 3440 portable moisture density gauge was reported stolen yesterday from a state highways project. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration reported the theft to the Maryland Department of the Environment.
The device contains small amounts of cesium-137 and americium-241. The gauge is used to make measurements by projecting the radiation from the two radioactive sources into the ground and then displaying the reflected radiation on a dial on its top.