Racine City Hall now open after being closed due to asbestos

CREATED Feb 25, 2014 - UPDATED: Feb 26, 2014

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UPDATE: Testing Tuesday night showed the asbestos laced dust did not spread to other areas of the building when it leaked from a sealed area, according to Racine Mayor John Dickert.

Dickert said the dust from the gap has been cleaned up and they are in the process of contacting city workers to come to work today.


RACINE - City Hall in Racine is temporarily shut down after workers discovered asbestos-laced dust Tuesday morning.

The dust was spotted by a city worker on the third floor, that's where a renovation project is underway.

Mayor John Dickert made the decision to close City Hall until testing could prove it was safe. 

"What we saw was a crack in one of the seals and it made us concerned" Said Dickert.

He said glue used under 80-year-old tiles being worked on contains the cancer causing agent. 

"We don’t want anyone to deal with any health issues, so I think its just best to close it down." He added.

Health officials were testing other floors to see if air ducts spread the dangerous dust late Tuesday.

Dickert tells TODAY'S TMJ4 the building will not open before Thursday.

He said other departments in other buildings are operating normally.