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Nuclear gauge recovered

September 25, 2000

Nuclear gauge recovered



ADAMSTOWN, Md. - A moisture density gauge containing nuclear material that fell off a truck and was missing since Wednesday was found in Adamstown, according to a Maryland Department of the Environment press release.

Tony Chmelik, an employee of Chesky Construction, Ijamsville, Md., found the device in the street shortly after it had fallen off the back of a pickup truck on New Design road near the Green Hill Manor subdivision in Frederick County Wednesday, the press release said.

The device was returned to its owners, D.W. Kozera Inc., of Baltimore, Thursday.

Although the item appeared to be undamaged, it was sent to the manufacturer, Troxler Electronic Laboratories for an inspection, the press release said.

The gauge is used to measure moisture and soil density using radioactive material, which is not a health threat as long as the device remains intact.

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Officials believe since the gauge was not damaged no one was exposed to radiation.

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