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der Mouse mouse at Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA
Tue Jan 10 00:27:39 CST 2006

> Our local city high school was closed for about 3 days while a Hazmat
> team cleaned up a dropped [vial] of mercury.  Some kid found it and
> brought it to school, then dropped it by accident!  I'm not sure if
> that was a massive over reaction, or not.  Is mercury really that
> much of a hazzard?

I'd say it was a severe overreaction, as far as the actual hazard from
the mercury itself goes - not that I'm any hazmat specialist, but given
the historical damage from mercury and the amount of mercury it took to
produce it, I have trouble getting too concerned over one small vial of
the stuff.

I note you signed as being in the USA, though, so it probably was not
an overreaction as far as the legal hazard of responding with anything
milder goes, unfortunately.

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