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Hazmat crew called out to Stanley Park after discovery of mercury in toilets

Last Updated Sep 27, 2020 at 3:46 pm PDT

FILE - Prospect Point in Stanley Park. (Riley Phillips, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Park rangers found the mercury in the public washroom near Second Beach

The washrooms were closed but there is no risk to the public

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A hazmat team was called out Sunday morning after vandals broke a thermometer, leading to the discovery of mercury inside the public washrooms in Stanley Park.

Park rangers found the mercury in the public washroom near Second Beach, as they were opening up the facilities.

Trevor Connelly is the Assistant Chief with Vancouver Fire adds says while there is not a large amount in the toilets, it’s still difficult to clean up.

“It’s very small droplets that have to be very meticulously cleaned up,” he explains.

Connelly notes there isn’t much concern for the public, noting it did not contaminate the groundwater.

“The danger comes when you have direct contact or if gets into the water.”

The washrooms were closed.