Camera with radioactive material found after it went missing in flood waters

Texas

Photo of IR100 Radiographic Camera. (Photo: Texas Department of State Health Services)

TEXAS (KXAN) — A radiographic camera, which contained radioactive material, was found Sunday after it washed away in flood waters Friday in a pickup, the Texas Department of State Health Services said.

Overpack box for the radiography camera. (Photo: Texas Department of State Health Services)

The truck belonged to a contractor company, Shawcor, which is a subcontractor of Kinder Morgan.

Shawcor said the camera, which contains a sealed capsule of radioactive material, was found east or North River Road in Stonewall. The camera was still sealed in its protective steel box and no radiation was ever released from it.

The truck had a slide-in camper containing a mobile darkroom, which was located 10 miles downstream.

The camera is commonly used in the oil and gas industry. The radioactive material is sealed within multiple layers of protection, and according to the department, the risk of exposure is low.

“The entire camera is stored in a locked half-inch-thick steel overpack box with radiation markings. Levels of radiation outside the camera, itself, are not dangerous,” the original release read in part.

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