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Officials recover nuclear gauge lost in W.Va.

May. 16, 2013 @ 03:30 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A missing gauge containing radioactive material that fell off the back of a truck in West Virginia has been recovered.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says the gauge was recovered in Maryland. It had been picked up by a citizen who contacted authorities.

The device was reported missing May 3 by Valley Quarries Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa. Pennsylvania licenses the company to use the gauge.

DEP officials say the gauge was not tampered with or damaged, and there was no release of radiation. It has been returned to the company.

The gauge is commonly used in road construction for taking depth measurements in the ground.