WORLD Notre Dame's melted roof leaves astronomical lead levels

WORLD

Notre Dame's melted roof leaves astronomical lead levels

AP

21:52, May 09, 2019

Notre Dame Cathedral's melted roof has left astronomically high lead levels in the plaza outside and adjacent roads.

notre dame.jpg

In this April 15, 2019 file photo, flames rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris. (Photo: AP)

Paris police say lead levels from the roof were found to be between 10 and 20 grams per kilogram of ground — between 32 and 65 times the recommended limit by French health authorities of 0.3 grams per kilogram. The areas closest to the cathedral are currently closed.

The statement Thursday said the main danger is lead dust that could coat surfaces of nearby homes and businesses. To avoid lead poisoning, authorities have recommended a good cleaning with a damp cloth, and that pregnant women and children wash hands frequently.

Hundreds of tons of lead were used in Notre Dame's frame, as well as the church spire that burned and collapsed.

Related Stories

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy to comply with the latest laws and regulations. The updated policy explains the mechanism of how we collect and treat your personal data. You can learn more about the rights you have by reading our terms of service. Please read them carefully. By clicking AGREE, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our privacy policies

Agree and continue