Any news headline with the words nuclear and missing usually doesn’t end very well…
Pennsylvania authorities are a bit frantic right now after a portable nuclear device belonging to a construction inspection company went missing.
Pennsylvania DEP(Department of Environmental Protection) stated that the device is used at construction sites to evaluate road-bed materials, however, if it’s not handled properly it could cause nuclear contamination.
The nuclear gauge belongs to KAKS and Company but went missing after one of their company trucks was stolen.
Luckily the company vehicle was found but unfortunately, the nuclear gauge is still missing.
A portable nuclear device containing radioactive material that could be a danger to public safety has gone missing Authorities are currently searching for the device pic.twitter.com/EWFjzoCsgQ
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) April 17, 2022
This is how Back to the Future starts… https://t.co/UeFfHJzpu5
— Matt Karolian 🇺🇦 (@mkarolian) April 17, 2022
NBC News dropped these details:
Authorities in Pennsylvania are searching for a missing portable nuclear device containing radioactive material that belongs to a local construction inspection company.
The state’s Department of Environmental Protection said the device, a portable nuclear gauge, is often used at construction sites to “evaluate the properties of building and road-bed materials.” But if mishandled or damaged, people could be exposed to radiation contamination.
The nuclear density gauge belonging to KAKS and Company LLC was safely stored inside a vehicle reported stolen in the city of Philadelphia, the agency said in a press release Friday. When the car was found, the gauge was missing.
If the device’s sealed sources of radioactive material are badly damaged or struck by a vehicle, “there is potential for damage to the radioactive source and spread of contamination,” according to the agency.
“It is critical for anyone who has information about the lost nuclear gauge to contact local authorities or DEP,” David Allard, director of the Bureau of Radiation Protection, said in a statement. “As long as the device is not tampered with or damaged, it presents no hazard to public safety.”
As long as it's not tampered with?
In America, land of, "Let's ride the dolphin to death?"
— Marsha Warfield (@MarshaWarfield) April 16, 2022
Sky News got the scoop too:
A portable nuclear device containing radioactive material that could be a danger to public safety has gone missing in the US state of Pennsylvania.
Authorities are currently searching for the device, which belongs to local construction inspection company KAKS and Company LLC.
The state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said the device, a portable nuclear gauge, is often used at construction sites to “evaluate the properties of building and road-bed materials”.
However, people could be exposed to radiation contamination if it is damaged or mishandled, the agency warned.
It said that the nuclear density gauge was safely stored inside a vehicle reported stolen in the city of Philadelphia.
When the vehicle was found, the gauge was missing.
If you stole a car in Philly yesterday, we found it. But what'd you do with the radioactive stuff that was in it? https://t.co/SyvNScSVmy
— Fark (@fark) April 16, 2022