Device with ‘radioactive component’ located after going missing in Garner

A photograph of the model of device missing. (North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services)

GARNER, N.C. (WNCN) — A “measuring tool with a radioactive component” that went missing from a Garner construction site Thursday night has been located, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Friday morning.

Officials said the device could have been a health risk if handled inappropriately.

“The gauge poses no immediate threat to health or safety unless it is mishandled or broken open,” officials wrote in a statement Thursday.

The device, which “uses radioactive materials to test density in soil compaction” disappeared from the McCuller’s Walk Apartments job site at 500 Shady Summit Way off of Ten-Ten Road in Garner, officials said.

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State officials were notified the device was missing just before 8 p.m.

Officials described the device, manufactured by Instrotek Inc., as having a steel handle with a radiation symbol.

“Each source of radioactive material is sealed in a stainless steel capsule,” officials wrote.

The all-clear was given shortly before 7 a.m. Friday when a construction worker returned to the site with the gauge.

The worker told officials that he found that the gauge had been left at the site Thursday night and he decided to put it in his car trunk for safekeeping.

State health officials said that it doesn’t appear any members of the public were endangered while the device was missing from the site.

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