- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Authorities say it could take up to several weeks to clean up a mercury spill at a home near downtown Boise.

Boise Fire division chief Paul Roberts says the department learned about the spill last week. The family living in the home — three adults and four children — is staying in a hotel while crews are at work.

The Environmental Protection Agency is on site to help with the clean-up. EPA coordinator Greg Weigel says the spill in Boise involves a fairly large amount of the toxic metal.

Crews had to remove contaminated concrete and soil in front of the home. Health officials notified neighbors about potential health risks.

Fire officials say they don’t know why the homeowners had the mercury but do not suspect criminal activity.

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