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High School locked down after student brings mercury-filled thermometer to class for chemistry project

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Boca Ciega, Florida — A chemistry project caused a big problem at Pinellas’ Seminole High School Tuesday morning.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says students were given an assignment to bring in a substance from the Periodic Table of Elements.

One student brought in mercury — contained within a thermometer — and the school went into lockdown.

Deputies say the thermometer was discovered as the substances were checked before going through the school.

No one was put in harm’s way, but a hazmat crew was there as a precaution.

Pinellas County Schools tell 10 News the students were told not to bring certain toxic elements from the periodic table, mercury included.

 

SNIP: I wonder how many of these are at the school right now?

(Psst! Mercury:  A chemical element with the symbol Hg, atomic number 80)

» 32 Comments

  1. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    December 5th, 2012

    I am buying screw bulbs, and I am going to throw them at every government official, and regulators homes so they break, then call hazmat.

    Can’t wait to see what happens.

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  2. Jethro

    December 5th, 2012

    I hear mercuy is really effective when you use it to fill the hole in hollow point bullets, then cap it off with a wax coating.
    Of course I have never tried it, and I don’t condone it…

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  3. Mr.Gates

    December 5th, 2012

    They don’t have fluorescent lights in EVERY room in the school? What about thermostats?

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  4. Sarthurk

    December 5th, 2012

    Gee, where did I put that sample of Uranium ore at anyway?

    Hey, Sodium is good fun too!

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  5. Buffalobob

    December 5th, 2012

    The EPA nitwits have banned mercury in the tiny hearing aid batteries. The replacement non mercury batteries do not last as long and have other issues. This same bunch of nitwits now requires the use of CFL curly light bulbs even though they contain greater amounts of mercury and shatter when dropped spewing the mercury across the room.

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  6. Menderman

    December 5th, 2012

    Rush was talking about this today, and said he remembers breaking themometers in school to play with the mercury…I did that too! Hey, Rush and I turned out normal!

    and the mercury was really fun to play with…it was like it floated on the desk!

    oh, the good ole days!

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  7. Dano

    December 5th, 2012

    THIS…is government OVER REACH! Pure and simple.

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  8. Xavier

    December 5th, 2012

    I’d tell y’all about the mercury and gunpowder stockpile my father had but it leads directly to The Incident with my circa 1970 home made rocket launcher, a yard fire, and the accident with Senator Willey’s car.

    So yeah let’s not go there.

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  9. MaryfromMarin

    December 5th, 2012

    “Look out! ‘E’s got a thermometer!”

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  10. MaryfromMarin

    December 5th, 2012

    “Can’t we do something else?”

    “Like someone who attacks you with a pointed stick?”

    “Pointed stick? Oh, oh, oh. We want to learn how to defend ourselves against pointed sticks, do we? Getting all high and mighty, eh? Thermometers not good enough for you eh? Well I’ll tell you something my lad. When you’re walking home tonight and some great homicidal maniac comes after you with a thermometer, don’t come crying to me!”

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  11. eternal ¼ cracker p

    December 5th, 2012

    Mercury is just quicksilver. TSA should be more concerned with it, as it will eat through an aluminum airplane. I’m sure Big Sis is on it though.

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  12. Horrorman18

    December 5th, 2012

    Have common sense….will travel

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  13. Anonymous

    December 5th, 2012

    Why did you go and tell them it is Hg? They never would have known

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  14. Corona

    December 5th, 2012

    Used to float silver mercury on my palm. And yet, I never joined Occupy. Go figure. Occupy’s more of a lead paint chip-eating crowd. Like Pringles!

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  15. srdem65

    December 5th, 2012

    As a young’un, I played with mercury, swam in a polluted river, bathed once a week, drank raw milk, smoked unfiltered cigs and a dinoble cigar behind the garage,got drunk on white lightning, and here I am…unbelievable.
    I’ll probably die after being slammed by a bus.

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  16. Geoff C. The Saltine

    December 5th, 2012

    Never buy or take from your city a free fluorescent light bulb, first of all they are crappy light.
    I know of a older woman who dropped one on the floor and as light bulbs do it broke, so she call the city to ask what to do, as that is what they recommend in the city flyer for your free light blubs if you broke one, well the next thing you know the haz-mat team is there and for one light bulb clean up it cost her $ 2,000.00 for a dust pan and a broom.
    Buy all of the light bulbs that you can that fit you fixtures right now before they are gone, starting with 100 watt incandescent blubs. This is no joke light bulbs are going to be one of the first things that the EPA outlaws. Now look up the cost of LED replacement bulbs for your house, that is what you will have to replace them with.

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  17. eternal ¼ cracker p

    December 5th, 2012

    LEDs are cheap. You need a 12v direct power source. It’s the transforming for them LEDs that cost the bucks. So you go off the grid and wire your house off a car battery.

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  18. Poonces

    December 5th, 2012

    I remember rubbing the tip of the mercury thermometer on the sheet in the nurse’s office at school to try to make it look like I had a temperature so I could go home.

    My biggest worry was the nurse catching me doing it.

    I guess today it brings Hazmat.

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  19. Nutjob

    December 5th, 2012

    It was libs who first thought of putting mercury in their ass, everyone else used the thermometer orally.

    These are the same jackweeds 20 years later telling me I should eat nuts and berries.

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  20. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 5th, 2012

    I wonder how many times from this point forward, the school will be in hazmat lockdown after someone “finds” some mercury on the hall floor?

    Wanna bet the kids figure it out fast and get a few days off of school “for free?” Then, what happens when the school cries “wolf” too many times to the mercury police?

    Brain dead, knuckle-dragging, morons.

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  21. MaryfromMarin

    December 5th, 2012

    (911 call) “He came at me brandishing a CFL. I was terrified! I had to shoot in self-defense… No, I caught the CFL before it hit the floor; no need to call the Hazmat team. Just the coroner.”

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  22. Bad Brad

    December 5th, 2012

    If you eat healthy and stick to the three major food groups, you’ll survive anything. Beans, Caffeine, and Nicotine.

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  23. AbigailAdams

    December 5th, 2012

    Six kids in our family. We never seemed to have a working thermometer in the house. We were always playing with the mercury in them. My poor mother.

    How is it that conservatives can’t just scare the ever loving crap out of a bunch of people who are deathly afraid of less than an eighth of a teaspoon of mercury? Hells bells! These idiots are afraid of guns, sugary soft drinks, trans fats, fracking and the elastic in their underwear!

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  24. Nutjob

    December 5th, 2012

    @abigail,
    and don’t forget vinyl siding.

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  25. scribble

    December 6th, 2012

    When I was a kid we played outside all day and came home with scratches and cuts. My mother would apply mercury to our open cuts with Mecurechrome.

    With these present day goobers they would have had to lock down my whole neighborhood on any given day.

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  26. Wyatt, Insensitive Progressive Jerk

    December 6th, 2012

    I’ll tell you what really scares me – dihydrogen monoxide. Hundreds, if not thousands of people die every year because of dihydrogen monoxide, and nothing is done about it even though it is found in our lakes, streams, rivers, and even in our houses and schools. Not only hazmat, but Homeland Security should look into banning dihydrogen monoxide.

    (One of my favorite Penn & Teller episodes.)

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  27. Nutjob

    December 6th, 2012

    Dont give them any ideas Wyatt.

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  29. Serious Putty

    December 6th, 2012

    That reminds me–
    You know what is the difference between an oral thermometer and a rectal themometer?

    The taste.

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  30. pdwalker

    December 6th, 2012

    Is there no limit to the stupidity?

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  31. CapStar362

    December 6th, 2012

    what a frigging joke!!! i wish they would have thrown a lockdown on me for bringing a thermometer into school. the same thing that powers the tubes in the classroom would have been my first comment in a serious rampage

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  32. Cube

    December 7th, 2012

    With people this stupid in charge of “educating” our kids, is it any wonder they don’t learn much except how to hate Republicans and behave like good little sheep?

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