Cleanup crews and toxic specialists from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Monday cautiously contained and covered an approximate 2 x 2 square foot spill of liquid Mercury on the pavement in front of 2886 Kelly Street, Livermore.
The source of the spill remains unknown at this time and its cause is under investigation, according to Sabina Imrie, a department spokeswoman.
The spill was immediately covered to prevent the release of mercury vapors and Imrie said there was no danger to the public.
The California Environmental Protection Agency was contacted and the Department of Toxic Substance Control was dispatched to clean up the area. DTSC used special equipment to clean up the site and test the area to ensure the air was free from contamination. No firefighters or bystanders were injured during the incident.
Imrie said mercury is found in some household items such as thermometers and compact fluorescent light bulbs. She urged everyone who want to dispose of items containing mercury to carefully recycle them at the special recycling centers n the area to prevent the release of mercury into the environment.
Mercury is a heavy, silvery chemical element, one of only six elements that are liquid at or near room temperature and pressure. It is considered to be highly toxic by ingestion or inhalation of its vapors or dust.