Thursday, February 23, 2006

Stolen gauge doesn't have plutonium

Officials warn stolen measuring device could be dangerous:
A measuring device taken in a recent farm burglary contains a small amount of radioactive material and could injure someone if exposed to it for a long period of time, Jefferson County Sheriff’s officers and state officials said. …

The gauge is a Troxler model 3440, serial number 31113 (See instruction manual). It is in a yellow rectangular storage case, about 32 inches long by 17 inches wide and 18 inches tall. The case has a radioactive yellow II label on the side.

Sheriff's officers originally believed early today the device contained plutonium. However, Watson said this afternoon that was not the case.
That's a relief.