Mercury poisoning in Colbert – UPDATE

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

COLBERT, Okla. -- New details emerged Friday about a house in Colbert that remains sealed off due to mercury poisoning.

An Environmental Protection Agency scientist says they went in the house Thursday to monitor the air quality, and they found extremely high levels of mercury vapor.

Officials are currently ventilating the house with box fan and plan on going back Monday to start cleaning up.

The EPA says anything that absorbed the vapors like carpet and curtains will have to be thrown away before it will be livable again.

The man and woman who ingested the deadly vapors are still in the hospital.


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  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Mar 23, 2008 at 10:38 PM
    Uh, anonymous...........the airspace of the house vs., say, Bryan County, is not equal- it should dissipate. Best to worry about those CFL bulbs people buy to used in their homes in a fit of feel-good environmentalism- each bulb has mercury, and you can't just toss 'em out like regular incandescent bulbs. Wait until people start having to toss out burned-out CFL bulbs- then there will be a hissy-fit from the same folks.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2008 at 04:21 PM
    Didn't know you could ingest vapors. Inhale them yes.
  • by any mouse Location: grayson on Mar 22, 2008 at 10:45 AM
    thought there were strict laws about possession and handeling of mercury... ? ? ? what about the cost of medical bills now & future? CAUTION info for public? Conna play; gonna pay. sorry,but true!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2008 at 07:51 AM
    If they are ventilating the house with box fans, isn't it pumping the vapors into the air outside where other people might breathe it?
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