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Lost nuclear density gauge returned to owner

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Nov 14, 2013

Update on Nov. 15: According to Las Vegas police, the lost nuclear density gauge has been returned to its owner.

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police are asking for the public's assistance locating a lost nuclear density gauge that fell off a pickup truck near Charleston and Lamb on Tuesday.

The device is described as an orange plastic box measuring 14 inches by nine inches, with an electronic keypad display and a metal probe.

The gauge weighs 31 pounds and has a handle that extends 22 inches above the base.

It is labeled RADIOACTIVE and marked with a radiation symbol. The manufacturer's name is Campbell Pacific Nuclear or CPN.

A nuclear density gauge contains radioactive sources that are used to measure the density and moisture content of soil and construction materials.

When used properly, they pose minimal risk to the operator and do not present a widespread public safety hazard. However, if tampered with or damaged, there is a risk of dangerous radiation exposure to the person handling the gauge.

Metro has been advised by the owner, Geo Tek Inc., that a reward for the return of this gauge is being offered. Please contact Steve Johnson at (702) 210-7397 for reward requirements. This reward is not affiliated with nor being facilitated by Metro or Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information about the missing device may also call police at (702) 828-3111.

Krista Hostetler

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Krista Hostetler is currently the Senior Web Editor for ktnv.com and KTNV Mobile.