DINWIDDIE COUNTY-- A piece of equipment containing radioactive material is missing from a construction site, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
The device is called a Troxler moisture density gauge and was stolen from the bed of a 2008 Ford Ranger pickup truck at a jobsite near 4007 Chesdin Boulevard in Dinwiddie County on Wednesday. Authorities believe it was taken between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
According to a release, a moisture density gauge is a device used to determine the moisture content and density of soils. The gauge is yellow with a chrome handle and is around 10 inches wide and 15 inches long.
The gauge is in a yellow case and is a Troxler model 3411, serial number 9386.
The radioactive material contained in the gauge remains safe when intact and shielded, but the material can pose a potential health threat if the device is damaged or inappropriately used.
The health department advises that if the device is found, it should not be touched or opened.
They say the local police or sheriff’s department be notified immediatly. You can also call the VDH Office of Radiological Health at 804-864-8150 during business hours or the Virginia Emergency Operations Center at 804-674-2400 during non-business hours.