OK Authorities Search For Stolen Gauge Containing Radioactive Material

Thursday, December 18th 2014, 8:10 am
By: News 9

A statewide search is underway to find a stolen device that contains radioactive material.

Authorities said it was stolen from the parking lot of an Oklahoma City hotel. The gauge was inside a trailer stolen from a hotel parking lot off I-40.

The DEQ said the gauge is used to measure the moisture content and density of construction materials.

It is not considered a health risk to people unless it's opened and authorities said it would be difficult to open for a person unfamiliar with it.

The gauge was in a trailer that was also stolen. The trailed is owned by a Missouri-based company called Midwest Testing. It has Kentucky license plate 624-274

A spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Quality said the amount of radiation in the gauge likely would not deliver a lethal dose, but would be a health risk.