SAN JOSE -- A radioactive tool used to measure soil density was stolen from a company's truck Friday morning, and now the company is warning the public of the dangers of the tool if it gets into the wrong hands.

Sean Deivert said the nuclear gauge, belonging to Silicon Valley Soil Engineering, was stolen from his locked truck Friday, possibly while he was visiting a construction site in either the metropolitan area of San Jose or South San Jose.

The device is commonly used in construction to measure moisture and density of the soil, Deivert said.

Part of the tool is comprised of a small amount of radioactive material, which is about the size of a Tic Tac and is encased in steel. The tool is kept inside an orange and black toolbox, and if tampered with, could pose a health risk to someone if they are directly exposed to the material, Deivert added.

According to Deivert, each time a person comes in contact with the device, the amount of radiation they are exposed to is equivalent to what they would be exposed to if they were exposed to an X-ray.

Anyone who may know the whereabouts of the device can contact the company at 408-324-1400.

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