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Missing radioactive rod found in Reeves County

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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 12:51 pm

The radioactive rod that went missing in September was found Thursday evening in Reeves County.

An oilfield pumper found the rod on a lease road about seven miles away from a well site, according to a news release from the Midland County Sheriff’s Office. The rod, which contains radioactive Americium-241/ Beryllium is now in possession of Halliburton.

The rod went missing on Sept. 11 as a Halliburton crew was taking it from a well outside Pecos to another well south of Odessa. When they arrived, the crew discovered the rod’s transport container was unlocked and the rod was gone. The crew was about 20 miles inside Upton County, the Sheriff’s office reported after the incident.

The 7-inch cylindrical rod is stamped with the words “danger radioactive” and “do not handle.” The rod is not highly radioactive but the Texas Department of State Health Services warned after the incident that close contact could result in a harmful radiation dose.

Such rods are used for well logging.

After the incident, the FBI interviewed and cleared the three crew members of criminal conduct in connection to the case.

A search for the rod involving numerous personnel and Geiger Counters had been unsuccessful.

The Odessa American will update this story as it develops.

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