Mercury Spilled at a High School
A charter school in Eden Prairie was evacuated Thursday after a mercury spill, said the Pioneer Press . A small amount spilled on the floor in a science storage room, said Judy Ingison, Eagle Ridge Academy Director. Exposure was minimal and none of the students grades six through 12 were in the area at the time, Ingison said.
Over 290 students and staff members had to evacuate Eagle Ridge Academy in Eden Prairie after two teaspoons were found, said the Star Tribune .
Minnesoate Pollution Control Agency sent workers to examine students and staff. No one was hospitalized.
"Apparently is had been tracked around, "Minnesota Pollution Control spokesperson Sam Brungardt said.
The school remained closed Thursday for cleanup.
Mercury can accumulate in tiny spaces and emit vapors, if not in an air-tight container.