MEXICO CITY – Emergency management personnel have recovered the nuclear densimeter stolen earlier this week from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL), the government of the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon said.
The densimeter, an instrument used to measure the density of liquids and different substances, was found on Wednesday night and its case was not opened or tampered with, state officials said in a statement.
“We have radiation sensors and the readings indicate that the case was not handled or exposed to the environment, so it poses no danger to anyone,” Nuevo Leon emergency management operations director Miguel Perales said.
The instrument was stolen from the UANL on Tuesday afternoon and National Nuclear Safety and Security Commission specialists had been searching for it.
The federal government issued an alert on Wednesday to officials in five states and federal emergency management officials.
The advisory sent to emergency management officials in Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas and Coahuila states noted that the instrument “could pose a danger to human health if removed from its container.”
The densimeter was stolen from a UANL pick-up truck parked in the city of San Nicolas while the driver was at a fastfood restaurant, state officials said.
Since late 2013, Mexico has registered at least incidents involving the theft of radioactive materials or instruments.
New regulations covering the transportation of radioactive materials took effect on June 10.