Ho Chi Minh City police have safely recovered a dangerous diagnostic device lost by a private company on September 12, news website VnExpress reported.
The ACA-TBD Company based in District 3 told police in Tan Binh District that a company employee was assigned to bring the Sentinel 880 Delta Source Projector to his hired apartment in an alley on Nguyen Dinh Khoi Street.
The device went missing soon after he brought it home.
The hand-held device functions like an x-ray machine and is used to inspect materials and structures for hidden flaws.
It's active components include several discs made of depleted uranium.
The company said the projector contained enough radioactive material to pose extremely high risks to human and animal life and health.
The HCMC Department of Science and Technology and police put out a notice through mass media about the missing device and warned city residents to notify the authorities of any information regarding its whereabouts.
Acting on an anonymous tip on Thursday afternoon, Tan Binh District police established that the device was being held by a resident in Tan Phu District.
At 6pm on Thursday, police blocked off the entrance to an alley on Vuon Lai Street and confiscated the projector from a private home.
Dang Xuan Luu, 25, told police an acquaintance had brought the device to his house several days ago.
He said he had no idea what it was.
A team of officers from the HCMC Science Department said tests conducted on the device and the neighborhood confirmed that no radioactive leakage had occurred.
Police are still searching for the individual who allegedly dropped the device off.