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Today’s Texas “what the hay”

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Post by philip964 » Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:03 pm

https://www.click2houston.com/news/loca ... cials-say/

Man hospitalized after a massive mercury spill at Westiew and Beltway 8.

No one knows why he had so much mercury. Area is quarantined. Guys it’s going to rain tomorrow. Better get that all up.

Anyone remember someone breaking a thermometer, and spending hours pushing it all together into one small bubble, then rubbing it with our fingers into a silver dime and making the dime really shinny.

Somehow we grew up.

Not sure how but we did.

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Post by RoyGBiv » Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:10 pm

Dirty bomb?

Thermometer factory owner?

How was the mercury being transported?

My degree is in science. I'm confident I'd be a better reporter than this guy.
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Post by SRO1911 » Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:53 pm

Initial report was 64,000 gallons of mercury. That's 7.2 MILLION pounds.
Pretty significant typo
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Post by philip964 » Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:13 am

https://www.click2houston.com/news/loca ... cials-say/

They are saying 40 to 60 people decontaminated.

They are saying pints now.

They are saying poured now in three locations.

They are saying criminal investigation.

Glad it wasn’t lake Houston. ( our water supply )


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Post by philip964 » Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:29 am

https://www.click2houston.com/news/loca ... cials-say/

Taken into custody by the FBI. Poured in three places in the parking lots of three businesses.

A chemical spill, to me is an accident. Pouring a chemical is a deliberate act.

Hmm. Talking to the FBI, sounds risky to me.


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Post by Rob72 » Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:38 am

philip964 wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:13 am
https://www.click2houston.com/news/loca ... cials-say/

They are saying 40 to 60 people decontaminated.

They are saying pints now.

They are saying poured now in three locations.

They are saying criminal investigation.

Glad it wasn’t lake Houston. ( our water supply )
A couple of pints in Lake Houston would be inconsequential, despite the EPAs spasms. Heavy metals (lead, mercury, thallium, etc.,) are cumulative toxins, and it takes comparatively large exposures over comparatively long periods of time to have any measurable effect.

Professional shooters may have toxic lead levels, because of the vaporized nature of the lead they are exposed to(readily absorbed), and the quantities. It will have 0 (zero) impact on the average recreational shooter.

Same with mercury. It is asinine to evacuate a building and bring hazmat suits in to clear a broken thermometer. People in favor of this need to round the blades of their scissors, not just the tips...

However, my suspicion would be that the guy has some mental health issues. I would not be in favor of telling him what he did was harmless, and he needs to find something better next time.


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Post by philip964 » Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:37 am

https://www.click2houston.com/news/loca ... cials-say/

19 yo man arrested. Just a burglar disposing of ill gotten goods. Recently robbed a lab.


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Post by Don T » Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:20 pm

Rob72 wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:38 am
philip964 wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:13 am
https://www.click2houston.com/news/loca ... cials-say/

They are saying 40 to 60 people decontaminated.

They are saying pints now.

They are saying poured now in three locations.

They are saying criminal investigation.

Glad it wasn’t lake Houston. ( our water supply )
A couple of pints in Lake Houston would be inconsequential, despite the EPAs spasms. Heavy metals (lead, mercury, thallium, etc.,) are cumulative toxins, and it takes comparatively large exposures over comparatively long periods of time to have any measurable effect.
Rob, although brief exposure to heavy metals may be inconsequential for some persons, there are those who have significant allergic reactions to heavy metals, and exposure like this could be damaging to health, and possibly even life-threatening (perhaps due to cumulative exposure in the past). My wife has significant allergies to mercury, which made dental replacement surgery necessary a dozen years ago, and we would certainly want to avoid this type of exposure. For some, the reaction to heavy metals can be similar to those with peanut allergies (if not so rapid).


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Post by philip964 » Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:01 pm

https://www.click2houston.com/news/loca ... cials-say/

A day before, he also had a mercury spill (release) at an ER he was visiting when it fell out of his backpack during triage.

The ER was shut down for decontamination, patients transferred etc. That room is still closed.

Police were called and he had no ID, he gave them his name, but misspelled it, and he had no warrants, so he was not detained. (Really)

How about the questions: hey kid what are you doing with a glass bottle of mercury in your pocket? Where did you get it?

BTW how did he get to the hospital? Mom drive him?

Arrested for outstanding drug warrant, improper disposal of a hazardous material.

Released some Mercury inside the Walmart. No signs saying don’t release Mercury inside our store. Mercury inside the McDonalds. Apparently selling the vials of Mercury. Got 9 lbs, from a vacant lab nearby.

Drug possession warrant. Do you think?


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Post by philip964 » Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:12 pm

https://www.click2houston.com/news/loca ... cials-say/

Bail set at $5000. So you can cost businesses what $50,000 in an afternoon, more if you count the loss of income, good will, and reputation. A 1/10 of the damage for the bail.


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Post by philip964 » Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:13 pm

Up to 11 lbs of Mercury.

Didn’t finish high school.

Didn’t grow up with his parents.

Tattoo on eye lids “no regrets”

At 19 fathered two kids.

Did not know it was hazardous.

Selling it for $20 a bottle.

Spilled it while plying with or demonstrating to customers.


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Post by philip964 » Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:24 am

https://www.click2houston.com/news/loca ... off-of-it/

Didn’t know it was dangerous. Looked it up on YouTube.

Read it was liquid silver. Only made $40.

No intent. So like Hillary Clinton the FBI will release him without charges. All is forgiven.

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