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Authorities: Texas man tried to sell mercury before spills

6 months 3 weeks 6 days ago Tuesday, December 17 2019 Dec 17, 2019 December 17, 2019 2:54 PM December 17, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By JUAN A. LOZANO
Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - Court records say a 19-year-old man accused of spilling mercury at several Houston locations stole the liquid metal from an abandoned business, tried to sell it in small amounts to people for $20 and spilled some as he played with it in his hands. Christopher Lee Melder remains jailed Tuesday on bonds totaling $5,000. He is charged with burglary and the illegal disposal of hazardous waste. The mercury spills that were discovered Sunday led to about 60 people needing to be decontaminated. A spokeswoman for the FBI’s Houston office says it appears there was “no nefarious intent” behind the spill.

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