Potentially harmful nuclear device, missing for days, found by police

Potentially harmful nuclear device, missing for days, found by police

Peel Regional Police said a potentially dangerous nuclear gauge that went missing in the Greater Toronto Area earlier this week has been found.

Const. Mark Fischer, spokesperson for Peel Regional Police, said a Mississauga resident found the gauge in the area of Goreway Drive and Steeles Avenue West in Brampton at about 5:50 p.m. on Friday.

The resident took the gauge to his home in the area of Morning Star Drive and Goreway Drive in Mississauga, left it outside and then called police. 

Peel officers and Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services attended the scene. Firefighters determined that the gauge had not leaked and was safe, Fischer said. 


Police said this container, with nuclear gauge inside, was found on Friday night. (Toronto Police Service)

The owner then picked it up once it was determined that there were no risks to the public, he added.

The instrument, which contains sealed radioactive material and is used to measure soil thickness and moisture content, was lost between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Wednesday.

Toronto police said it had been last seen in a pickup truck in Toronto’s west end in the Dixon Road and Carlingview Drive area.

The gauge was contained within a yellow plastic box.

It had been noticed missing after the truck made numerous stops in Toronto and Brampton, police said. 

Nuclear gauge

A Mississauga resident took this box home but left it outside for police. (Toronto Police Service)

According to police, the gauge could have been “harmful with prolonged exposure.”

Police said they would like to thank members of the public for their help in finding the gauge.

Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook, spokesperson for Toronto Police Service, said the gauge is owned by a private company.

CBC | Toronto News

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