MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A device containing radioactive material that was lost in the Martinsburg area earlier this month has been found, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Thursday.
The radioactive material in the portable moisture-density gauge was still sealed, said NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan.
Sheehan said he's still receiving details about where they found the gauge and would provide updates later Thursday.
An employee with Valley Quarries Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa., used the Troxler Model 3430 gauge at a job site near Martinsburg on May 3, according to a news release issued by the NRC last week.
The worker put the gauge in the bed of his pickup truck and drove about a mile and a half before realizing that his truck's rear gate had opened and the device was missing. Safety officers said that a different company's employee reported seeing someone pick up and drive off with what appeared to be the gauge, according to the NRC.