Lost nuclear device sparks police hunt in Brampton
Amara McLaughlin, CP24.com
Published Friday, May 19, 2017 4:50PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, May 19, 2017 5:58PM EDT
Police are hunting for a nuclear gauge device that went missing in Brampton early Wednesday.
The portable gauge containing dangerous radioactive material was last seen in a pickup truck in the Dixon Road and Carlingview Drive area between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.
The company was transporting the nuclear device – used to ensure the proper density and moisture content of materials – to various construction companies when he realized it wasn’t in the back of his truck, Toronto police spokesperson Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook told CP24 on Friday afternoon.
The gauge is held within a bright yellow container.
The company retraced its stops between Toronto and Brampton, but was unsuccessful in locating it, Douglas-Cook added.
The Nuclear Safety Commission has been notified.
Police say radiation is a concern.
“The nuclear gauge could be harmful with prolonged exposure,” a news release said.
Anyone with information about the device’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 416-808-2300 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.