Detonation spreads mercury in Yakima parking lotAugust 6, 2013 @ 5:46 am
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A suspicious device that was detonated by a Washington State Patrol bomb squad Thursday night in a Yakima parking lot spewed liquid mercury over the area.
Environmental Protection Agency investigators detected the mercury over the weekend. Scene coordinator Kathy Parker estimated it was less than half a cup but it's a hazard if it is spread in the air and breathed.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports ( http://bit.ly/1ct4k2G) about 8,000 square feet of the parking lot were paved with fresh asphalt to contain the contamination.
The device was described as a small plastic water bottle tightly wrapped with tape. Police said there had been a serious of blasts Thursday night from devices made with household chemicals.
Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com
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