Local residents in Wilmington, Massachusetts are concerned and angry that a home with asbestos siding was demolished, sending toxic dust all around neighboring homes. The contractor who received the demolition permit from the town "went rogue" and illegally moved forward with demolition plans before an asbestos professional could do a proper inspection. Local residents immediately contacted the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, who was able to stop the demolition that same day.
If you are wondering how long you can be exposed to asbestos before it becomes harmful, the truth is that there is no "safe" level of asbestos exposure. Asbestos can cause cancer and chronic respiratory diseases after any asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested. Generally, these diseases take a long time to develop after exposure, with symptoms appearing anywhere between 10 to 80 years later.