Officials search IL, IN for missing radioactive container

Photo of the missing radioactive container (Provided Photo: IEMA)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTHI) –  The search is underway for a missing radioactive container in Illinois and Indiana.

On Friday, a southern Illinois logging company notified the Illinois Emergency Management Agency that it wasn’t able to locate a “radioactive well logging source holder.”

The search for the device has spanned across 18 counties in both Illinois and Indiana.

Missing radioactive container (Source: ILDHS)

Officials are focusing the search in Clay, Cumberland, Edwards, Effingham, Franklin, Hamilton, Jasper, Jefferson, Macon, Marion, Moultrie, Richland, Shelby, Wabash, Wayne and White counties in Illinois and Gibson and Pike counties in Indiana.

The equipment belongs to Wayne County Well Surveys, Inc.

Officials say the missing container shields radioactive materials housed inside.

They say if you find the device, you would not be exposed to dangerous radiation exposure, but you should not approach the container.

It is described as silver in color, 12 inches tall and 14 inches in diameter. It weighs about 75 lbs.

The container is part of a larger tool used to assess geological formations in oil, gas, groundwater, mineral, and geothermal exploration.

If you have information on the location of the device, you are asked to contact the police.