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Missing Radioactive Device Found

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DINWIDDIE, Va. (WRIC)—The Virginia Department of Health announced Thursday that the radioactive moisture density gauge that was stolen Wednesday afternoon has been recovered.

A citizen picked up the device after seeing it fall from a vehicle near the intersection of Olgers Road and US Route 460. The citizen then returned it to the nearby business site Tidall Corporation, believing it may have come from there.

One of his employees recognized the device from news reports on TV and called the Dinwiddie's Sheriff's Department, saying he's glad they didn't decide to open it.

"If it was damaged or opened it might have been a problem but the fact that it was closed, we just found it and called the number, I don't think it was any hazard to anything or anybody, says Tidall Operations Manager Patrick Pennell.

The device that had been missing from Dinwiddie County is now in the hands of local law enforcement and completely intact. The Virginia Department of Health and Dinwiddie Sheriffs won't say which company the device belongs to but they are looking into how it went missing, and why it was reported stolen.

The incident is under investigation and the company could face a number of violations and penalties depending on the seriousness of the violations.

 

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