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Hazmat crews clean up mercury spill near school

Posted at 10:05 PM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-20 09:02:45-05

Hazmat crews are on scene of mercury spill near the Garces circle. Police got the call around 5:00 p.m. Friday evening about mercury found in a back alleyway, and was reportedly tracked into near by businesses and a school for disabled adults. 

According to officials 3-6 ounces of mercury, which weighs about a pound, was discovered in an alleyway near 30th street and Golden state highway. According to a spokesperson with the Bakersfield Fire Department the mercury may have been there for up to 10-days near the Kern Adult program building located at 2900 Eye Street. 

Bakersfield Fire had to evacuate the school and check all 140 students for mercury poisoning before they were released. 

Experts say mercury can be toxic and lead to death if absorbed into the body.