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I was taking the plastic off a ccfl and the whole glass tube broke/shattered in several pieces. I immediately dropped it.

Is it dangerous? Don't they contain mercury?
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post #2 of 23
They're filled with a gas. I'm sure it is not mercury in gas form.
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post #3 of 23
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_cathode

as far as I can tell, no.

They don't have mercury in them at all.
 
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post #4 of 23
If it were mercury, it would've formed little beads on the ground.
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post #5 of 23
Yes they have mercury, it is an air borne mercury and you will most likely die in your sleep tonight because of it. Sweet dreams.
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Originally Posted by nickbaldwin86 View Post
Yes they have mercury, it is an air borne mercury and you will most likely die in your sleep tonight because of it. Sweet dreams.
Dont be a jerk, be helpful.

Actually they do have mercury in them, but not enough to hurt you. You need to break a lot to get mercury poisoning, so one isn't going to kill you are hurt you.


http://www.tcpi.com/PDF/1946_1363_00369%20CC7ss.pdf
Edited by Lord Xeb - 1/29/11 at 11:34pm
 
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post #7 of 23
Quote:
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Dont be a douche.
Really that was called for????

I am sure everyone knows it was a joke, but the 1st part wasn't so... you said it yourself.
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You're fine, wash your hands after handling the cold cathod if you're worried
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post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post
Dont be a douche.

Actually they do have mercury in them, but not enough to hurt you. You need to break a lot to get mercury poisoning, so one isn't going to kill you are hurt you.


http://www.tcpi.com/PDF/1946_1363_00369%20CC7ss.pdf
Then the question is, how do I clean it up? Can I just sweep it up or vacuum it? Will it leave any mercury on my case, carpet, or rug ?
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post #10 of 23
I tend to sweep broken glass, not vacuum it.
 
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