Residential mercury spill deemed safe in Va.

2:41 PM, Dec 3, 2013   |    comments
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LEESBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- Leesburg officials say a Tuesday morning mercury spill in a residence has been deemed safe.

Fire and rescue units from Arcola, South Riding, and Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority responded to a reported mercury spill in the 40900 block of Manor House Road in Leesburg at 10:31 a.m.

Officials say the spill occurred when an antique mirror was broken inside the home. Upon arrival, emergency crews found a small amount of mercury residue in the bedroom where the mirror was broken. 

Firefighters sealed off the room to prevent possible exposure and turned over the situation to the homeowners to have the spill professionally cleaned.

Evaluation of the two adults, a child, and dog who were home at the time of the incident indicated no mercury exposure, officials say.

A second child, who had gone to school following the incident, was examined at school and it was determined the child was not exposed.

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