Mercury turns up at housing project
Fire department specialists in hazardous materials investigate the presence of mercury at the Mayor Wright housing project. Apparently children played with the mercury.
Photos by Eugene Tanner The Honolulu Advertiser
Mercury had been found in three locations by 10 p.m., according to Battalion Chief Craig Matthew.
He said at least two children from Mayor Wright had been playing with the mercury, and their housing units and the entire area were being checked for contamination. The children said they found the mercury in a bottle, according to Matthew.
Elemental mercury is an odorless, silvery liquid metal. It can cause burns and, if inhaled, could lead to pulmonary edema and neurological and damage.
The area was being secured overnight, and the Health Department planned to have a crew clean up the mercury today.