Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clay Man Accused of Slinging Mercury; Authorities: Jar Thrown at Firefighter

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clay Man Accused of Slinging Mercury; Authorities: Jar Thrown at Firefighter

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Byline: Nin-Hai Tseng, Times-Union staff writer

ORANGE PARK -- An Orange Park man suspected of throwing a jar of mercury at a Clay County firefighter has been arrested.

Edward J. Rinkle, 61, was charged Monday with improper disposal of a hazardous material, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Rinkle had gone with his wife to the fire station off Peoria Road in Orange Park about 7 p.m. to dispose of 7 to 9 pounds of mercury in a jar. He became agitated and, according the Sheriff's Office and Clay County Fire-Rescue, threw the mercury when Battalion Chief Allen Blocker said the station could not take the hazardous waste.

Blocker was not injured when some of the chemical spattered onto his clothing and shoes, though fire station 17 was taped off until early yesterday when officials finished sanitizing the area, said Lt. Bernita Bush of Fire-Rescue.

Detectives were able to identify Rinkle from the vehicle tag number provided by Blocker and arrested him at his home off Connie Circle a short time later. …

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