Radioactive elements in stolen tool in Kamloops

Kamloops Mounties are warning the public not to tamper with an engineering tool containing radioactive elements that was stolen from a truck earlier this week.

Americium and cesium used in geotechnical density gauge

Kamloops Mounties are warning the public not to tamper with an engineering tool containing radioactive elements that was stolen from a truck earlier this week.

A Troxler 3440 portable gauge was stolen from a truck in Kamloops on Sunday. (RCMP)

The portable geotechnical gauge, which is used to measure the density of asphalt, soil, aggregate or concrete, could pose a health risk to the public due to the elements it contains.

The device, a Troxler 3440, contains the radioactive elements americium and cesium, which emit gamma radiation that can burn the skin.

Cpl. Cheryl Bush said the device should have a warning sticker on it stating that it is radioactive.

Anyone who finds the device, or knows of its whereabouts, should call the RCMP.