Several prisoners exposed to toxic substance at Plymouth County Jail

Several prisoners exposed to a toxic substance at Plymouth County Jail

   Guards and rescue personnel transport a prisoner to a decontamination area at the jail. David G. Curran Photo.

PLYMOUTH - Several prisoners at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility were reportedly exposed to mercury Tuesday afternoon, September 21, 2010.

According to emergency broadcast reports from the scene, 19 people were exposed to approximately 3 ounces of mercury as well as an unidentified powder.

Rescue personnel transported the prisoners involved in the Hazmat situation to a decontamination site at the jail.

Hazmat crews from Plymouth and Barnstable Counties, as well as the Department of Environmental Protection, responded to the scene.  Crews have been at the scene for several hours. 

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