Westport doctor's office evacuated after mercury spill

A doctor's office in Westport was evacuated Tuesday following a mercury spill that prompted a hazardous materials response.

A call came in to 911 around 10:30 a.m. after a blood pressure machine at the doctor's office broke.

A call came in to 911 around 10:30 a.m. after a blood pressure machine at the doctor's office broke. (8/2/16)

WESTPORT - A doctor's office in Westport was evacuated Tuesday following a mercury spill that prompted a hazardous materials response.

According to officials, a blood pressure device broke at the Avery Center for Obstetrics & Gynecology and spilled mercury.

The Fairfield County Hazardous Materials Response Team monitored staff for mercury exposure, and everyone was OK. Only one patient was present at the time of the scare.

Westport Director of Health Mark Cooper called the scare a potentially serious situation that was quickly under control. He says mercury exposure can cause neurological problems.

A private contractor has undertaken the cleanup process. The contractor says it will likely be at least two days until the center can reopen, but it might take until Monday.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

News 12 the Bronx hit the streets to 1 Word on the Street: Paying for reserved parking
The town of Weston is in mourning following 2 Weston community mourns death of former H.S. track star
Gas prices are likely to increase heading into 3 AAA: Gas prices to rise starting next month
Police say Jeffrey Rice, of Huntington Station, snuck 4 Man faces new charges in Thanksgiving home invasion
Weir Farm National Historic Site has made it 5 Weir Farm National Historic Site competes in March Madness-style contest

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Focus on Connecticut Focus on Connecticut

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut.

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut. Our Lives

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut.

Each week News 12 Connecticut introduces you to Hometown Hero

News 12 highlights people who give to the community.

We spotlight a local team each week. Connecticut Team of the Week

Each week News 12 Connecticut highlights a team from a local school.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE