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Chem-ID can be used by a HazMat team to detect what an overturned truck was carrying. Those instruments are pricey: The suggested price is $26,500.

The company just introduced the Rad-DX, radiation detectors that can be networked and operated remotely.

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Besides the serious uses, the devices also can be a bit of fun, like the time a MiniRad-D alarm was triggered in a rock shop near Zions National Park and led a D-tect employee to buy the offending rock that now is used in the office to demonstrate how the devices work, Olsen said.

"Every time I go up to the State Capitol and I have this (MiniRad-D), it goes off outside because the granite has naturally occurring radiation in it.

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