Tool containing radioactive material stolen Monday in Baltimore

A tool that contains a small amount of radioactive material, used to measure concentrations of lead in paint, was stolen in Baltimore Monday afternoon, the Maryland Department of the Environment said in an alert.

The department said the tool, a Dynasil RMD LPA-1 analyzer, stolen after a property inspection in the 2600 block of E. Monument St., poses "no imminent public health risk."

The radioactive material inside the three-pound device is sealed and housed in a tungsten shield, with locks to prevent its shutter from being opened, the department said. It can only be exposed when the instrument's face is in contact with a surface.

Anyone who finds the tool or who has information of its whereabouts may call the department's Radiological Health Program at 866-633-4686, Baltimore City police at 410-396-2433 or the licensee, Arc Environmental, at 410-962-9971.

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