Hazardous material incident investigated in West Palm Beach

SUBURBAN WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Rescue crews are on the scene of a hazardous material incident.

A caller reported what could be mercury inside a home in the 100 block of First Street in suburban West Palm Beach.

A neighbor says an elderly man lived in the house years ago and was a gunsmith. The house has been vacant and someone reportedly found mercury in the residence. 

The Special Operations team located approximately 2 lbs of mercury inside the residence. The mercury has been collected and secured, said Captain Albert Borroto, spokesman for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

The hazard has been mitigated and there are no dangers to nearby homes/residents. Atmospheric testing has determined there are no dangers present.

The mercury will be picked up by the  Department of Environmental Protection for proper disposal.

First Street is closed in the area.

No evacuations have been reported.

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