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Mercury exposed in Westerly school office

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Joseph Krapf

Last week a container of Mercury was spilled by a custodian at a Westerly school office after he was cleaning out cabinets in the basement.

Emergency response official at the Department of Environmental Management, John Leo said that it is a "very, very" minor incident, only a quarter of an ounce was spilled.

Mercury vapor is a big health risk but no one was exposed to it for a long period of time.

The building, which quarters high school classes, a day care center, and offices, was closed down by Superintendent Roy M. Seitsinger Jr.

It was reopened after the spill was cleaned a few hours later but the day care center remained closed the whole day.

WLNE-TV / ABC6    2013     

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