Hazmat crews clean up pound of mercury that spilled in Bell County

Posted at 2:57 PM, May 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-05 16:25:12-04

Authorities are investigating after hazmat crews had to clean up a pound of mercury that spilled Monday evening at a Belton home.

Bell County Fire Marshal Steve Casey says crews were called about 5:30 p.m. to the backyard of a home in the 7000 block of Sparta Rd. for a mercury spill.

Casey reports about one pound of the substance was found and later cleaned up by the Killeen hazmat team. The material was put in a container and taken to Georgetown by a company that deals with disposal of poisonous chemicals.

TCEQ has cleared the scene and reported there is no danger to the area after the clean up, which was done correctly.

Authorities are still investigating how the mercury got there.