The official statements on Saturday, a radiographic camera containing radioactive material has been reported missing in Houston, Texas.
According to a news release by the Texas Department of State Health Services, the 53-pound camera, often used in construction, went missing on March 9 and was last seen on Little York Road in Houston. The camera is commonly used in the construction sector.
Texas Department Of State Health Services
This photograph was provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services, which depicts a radiography camera that has gone missing. This photograph was provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services, which represents a radiography camera that has gone missing.
According to the officials, the camera’s owner, Statewide Maintenance Company, is conducting an active search for it and has presented an incentive for the safe return of the device.
Houston OEM tweeted that the Texas Department of State Health Services. You can see below:
Texas Department of State Heath Services is seeking the recovery of a radiographic camera that was reported missing Thursday. READ MORE: https://t.co/RBJExEerqF pic.twitter.com/PdwF8ibPQ5
— Houston OEM (@HoustonOEM) March 12, 2023
Officials in Texas have stated that the risk of being exposed to the radioactive material contained in the device is “extremely minimal” due to the several layers of security that surround it. The radioactive material is contained in a capsule, then enclosed within the camera and secured with protective shielding and other safety safeguards.
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According to the statement, “Levels of radiation outside the camera itself are not harmful.”
The National Nuclear Security Administration, industrial radiography cameras are often used to assess the integrity of ships, pipes, and other small areas. These cameras may use a very high-activity gamma radiation source.
The radiation markings on the camera indicate that anyone who finds it should not open it but instead call either 9-1-1 or the DSHS 24-hour phone line to report its location, according to the instructions provided by the state of Texas.