So this guy walks into a bar carrying a 40lb plastic bottle of liquid mercury. He’s a construction worker, and found the bottle on a site he was working on. It’s a bar, and it’s a really heavy bottle, so naturally it gets dropped – exposing the bar patrons to a high level of liquid mercury which can cause kidney failure and even death.
It gets better! The guy THEN hides what’s left in the bottle in a kids’ sandbox. And then he just disappears (until he got caught, obviously)! From the original report:
Emmet County emergency manager Terry Reekers says a construction worker remodeling a house found a plastic bottle with about 40 pounds of liquid mercury on Friday.
Reekers says the worker took the mercury to a bar to show friends. Someone dropped the bottle and exposed 10-12 people at the bar.
Reekers says the worker took the remaining mercury to the house and hid the bottle in a sandbox where four children later found it.
An EPA team will clean up the mercury in the sandbox and at the bar.