Toxic Metal Fumes from Mantle-Type Camp Lanterns

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Science  31 Aug 1973:
Vol. 181, Issue 4102, pp. 842-843
DOI: 10.1126/science.181.4102.842


The mantle of a gas lantern contains about 600 micrograms of toxic beryllium metal. Most of the beryllium is volatilized and becomes airborne during the first 15 minutes of use of a new mantle. The inhalation of this quantity of beryllium can be hazardous.