Totino-Grace High School evacuated after mercury discovered

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 20, 2012 - 4:33 PM

Totino-Grace High School students were evacuated from the Fridley school Friday, but told to remain on campus for nearly four hours after mercury from a thermometer was discovered on the floor of a science classroom.

At 3:30 p.m., school administrators received clearance from emergency personnel that the building was deemed safe and that students could return to collect their belongings. The school was evacuated at 11:45 a.m. School normally ends at 1:50 p.m.

A Hazardous Materials Chemical Assessment Team and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency found that the mercury was limited to a single classroom and that students were not affected. It had been feared that chemicals might be found on students' shoes.

Parents were alerted by phone and e-mail and updates on the school's web site.

Paul Levy • 612-673-4419

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