Mercury spill located on USM campus - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Mercury spill located on USM campus

By Kevin Wheeler - bio | email 

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A mercury spill on the campus of USM caused part of the campus to be cordoned off Saturday afternoon.

USM officials say the spill occurred around noon near the Walker Science Building. 

Officials say the spill is believed to be about two ounces.  Hazmat teams are worked throughout the afternoon to determine if the material was tracked into nearby buildings. 

There have been no reports of injuries from the incident.

Exposure to excessive amounts of mercury can be toxic to humans. The amount spilled at the site is considered potentially dangerous.

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