Company offers reward for missing portable nuclear gauge

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A portable nuclear gauge has gone missing somewhere around Pittsburgh or Mt. Lebanon, with police departments from both municipalities and the state Department of Environmental Protection searching for the instrument.

The gauge, which is used to measure the density of materials during construction, is yellow and about the size of a shoebox. It's a Troxler Model 3411B, with serial number 5434.

The instrument belongs to Solar Testing of Pennsylvania and was last used by the company June 27.

The gauge contains radioactive material inside but has a lock on it and, if found untampered with, likely poses no danger to the public. Officials are asking anyone with information about the object to call the DEP during business hours at 412-442-4000, or contact the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency off-hours at 717-651-2001.

If the gauge appears to be damaged, dial 911.

Solar Testing is offering a $500 reward for its recovery.

Nuclear gauges used in construction have gone missing before.

Last year, Valley Quarries of Chambersburg reported a similar model was lost and also issued a reward for its recovery. The item was later found on the side of the road by a member of the public, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission which earlier this year proposed fining the company $3,500 for the incident.

First Published July 1, 2014 12:00 AM

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