Contra Costa County Hazmat will be working through the night to clean up as many as 8-mercury contamination spills reported in the 2200 block of Manzanita Way in Antioch.
According to Seth Heller, a hazardous materials specialist with Contra Costa Hazmat, the mercury spill was first reported by a resident who was going to work on a trailer vehicle around 10:15 am. Upon arrival of County Hazmat, they noticed additional spills.
“We noticed there were 6 or 7 areas up and down the street. We used up our resources pretty quickly so we had to call our state and federal partners to assist,” said Heller. “We are currently waiting on resources and will be working through the night.”
Heller explained that the spills range from 1-vehicel length to the largest spill being 8-vehicle lengths long, however, there is no need for a shelter in place.
Heller says right now the road is closed at Manzanita Way between Sycamore and Mahogany Way because they do not want vehicles driving over it, but cars can park and walk to their homes as the sidewalks are open. There is also no health threat to humans.
As for what caused the contamination, Heller says they have theories but cannot confirm anything as of 5:30 pm.
Resources are coming from Oakland and Sacramento to assist.
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