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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:49 AM

Man melting dental fillings causes closure of MA apartment building due to mercury contamination

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A man melting down fillings inside a Massachusetts apartment building caused fire officials to deem the dwelling uninhabitable because of mercury contamination, according to WPRI.

Fall River firefighters were called to Hamlet Street apartment building Saturday and learned a 51-year-old man had tried to melt fillings on Jan. 25, the television station reports.

The man, who received the fillings from his grandfather, thought the fillings were made of silver, but the fillings were actually made of mercury. WPRI reports the man’s grandfather was a dentist.

WBZ reports the man then became sick and has been in the hospital since Jan. 28. The man’s girlfriend called the building’s management company prompting fire officials and a HAZMAT team responded to the building Saturday, the television station reports.

Read more: https://www.masslive.com/news/2019/02/man-melting-dental-fillings-causes-closure-of-massachusetts-apartment-building-due-to-mercury-contamination.html

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eppur_se_muova Feb 2019 #1

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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 11:11 AM

1. Actually, a silver amalgam -- silver and mercury, with varying amounts of tin and copper.

Leave metal recycling to the pros.

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