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Radioactive device reported missing from Garner job site found

Posted August 25

A radioactive device was reported missing on Thursday night from a Garner job site, according to North Carolina Radiation Protection officials.

— A radioactive device reported missing on Thursday night from a Garner job site was found Friday morning when a worker returned it, according to North Carolina Radiation Protection officials.

The device uses radioactive materials to test soil density during construction, officials said. The worker said he had put the device in his car trunk after finding it left behind at the work site off Ten-Ten Road.

Radiation officials checked the worker's trunk and took radiation readings of the gauge and found them to be normal. The radioactive sources remained shielded.

The gauge was not damaged and was returned to the licensee to be sent to the manufacturer for testing, officials said.

"An initial investigation indicates no member of the public was endangered while the device was missing," the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release.

Radiation officials shifted from a recovery operation to a compliance investigation.

Officials said the device went missing from a private contractor at the McCuller's Walk Apartment job site at 500 Shady Summit Way. The disappearance was reported to the health department around 8 p.m.

The gauge has a stainless steel handle sticking out of the top and a radiation symbol on the handle. A description of the material appears on a plate attached to the outside of the gauge, and each source of radioactive material is sealed in a stainless steel capsule.

Officials said the gauge poses no immediate threat to health or safety unless it is mishandled or broken open.

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  • Stacie Hagwood Aug 26, 7:08 a.m.
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    Sounds to me like "no good deed goes unpunished." Guy picks it up instead of leaving it behind for it to get into the hands of the public. And using Jerry's logic, every person who "forgets" where his gun is should never be able to have one again. Hey! Now there's an idea.

  • Jerry Sawyer Aug 25, 9:44 a.m.
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    This poses no danger unless it is tampered with. Since the owner failed to maintain control of the devise, they should have their license to operate it revoked.