Meridian theater complex closes after mercury spill

Meridian theater complex closes after mercury spill

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Meridian theater complex closes after mercury spill

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by KTVB.com

NWCN.com

Posted on June 15, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 8:12 PM

MERIDIAN, Idaho -- The Majestic Cinemas in Meridian has been shut down for the rest of the day after a small amount of mercury spilled near an electric relay on a popcorn maker.

Meridian Fire Department officials say the spill was very small, but that was enough to close the theaters and send employees home as a precaution.

About a handful of theater employees are having their shoes tested for mercury.  Many were wearing booties as protection from exposure.

A manager told us that a clean up crew has been called in to take care of the spill.  The multi-cinema plex has 18 movie theaters.  

No word yet on when they will reopen, but the manager is optimistic they will be operating normally again by Wednesday. 

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