School Open After Mercury Spill

It’s back to class as usual at a Delta County school following a mercury spill.

It happened in a room at Escanaba Middle School at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon, just before students were getting out for the day.

School employees immediately isolated the room.

The school district notified Delta County Emergency Preparedness, the county health department and parents of the students involved.

School officials say the spill was very small and came from a broken thermometer in that classroom.

The last time something like this happened in the U.P. was in May 2007.

That was when a 15-year-old student at Marquette Senior High School spilled mercury in 2 different places outside the school building.

The high school had to be shut down for 2 days while the grounds were cleaned up.