July 19, 2011
The Texas Department of State Health Services is
looking for a device containing a potentially dangerous radioactive material
that was stolen early this morning from a vehicle parked outside the Red Roof
Inn Hotel in Austin.
camera, used to X-ray pipelines, contains a small radioactive capsule encased
in a yellow colored protective shielding. The device is marked with radiation
hazard symbols. A person handling the camera could be at risk of radiation
exposure if the shielding is damaged or if the capsule is exposed. The camera
weighs approximately 50 pounds and is about the size of a shoebox.
said that anyone finding the device should not approach it. Anyone who
has information about the camera should call the local police or sheriff’s
department or DSHS at (512) 458-7460.
The theft occurred
at the Red Roof Inn Hotel at 4701 South Interstate 35, Austin.
The truck is owned
by Acuren Inspection, Inc. The company is offering a $5,000 reward for
information leading to the recovery of the device.
A photograph of a radiography
camera is available here: www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/releases/20110719a-device.shtm.
(News Media Contact: Christine Mann, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, 512-971-4234.)
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