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Notre Dame fire causes high lead levels, health concerns for nearby residents

Drone footage shows Notre-Dame Cathedral protected from elements by makeshift roof
WATCH: Drone footage shows Notre-Dame Cathedral protected from elements by makeshift roof

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

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.

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The areas closest to the cathedral are currently closed.

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The statement Thursday said the main danger is lead dust that could coat surfaces of nearby homes and businesses.

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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.

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Meanwhile, recovery efforts are underway for the cathedral. France’s government last week presented a bill aimed at speeding up the reconstruction of Notre Dame that would allow workers to skip some ordinary renovation procedures.

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French President Emmanuel Macron has set a goal of rebuilding the cathedral in just five years, although some experts consider that difficult.