$5,000 Reward For Stolen Radioactive Device

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Authorities are looking for a device containing potentially dangerous radioactive material that was stolen from an Austin hotel.

The device, a radiography camera used to X-ray pipelines, was taken early Tuesday from a truck parked at the hotel. The camera has a small radioactive capsule encased in a yellow colored protective shielding.

Officials with the Texas Department of State Health Services say someone handling the camera could be at risk of radiation exposure if the shielding is damaged or if the capsule is exposed. They say anyone finding the device should not approach it.

The camera weighs around 50 pounds and is about the size of a shoe box.

The company that owns the truck the camera was stolen from, Acuren Inspection Inc., is offering a $5,000 reward for its return.