The collapse of a building last week outside of Des Moines, Iowa, has resulted in concerns being raised about exposure to the deadly substance asbestos, which can cause a range of serious health problems through exposure to its airborne dust and fibers, including a form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

The Perry bowling alley and restaurant collapsed last week, and teams of workers are now working to clear the debris. Workers and diners who were in the building at the time fled after hearing a loud boom, and shortly after the building collapsed.

Although it has not yet been determined why the building collapsed, there are concerns about asbestos being released into the air as a result of the collapse, and this could result in delays and difficulties when it comes to clearing up the debris from the building.

It has now been revealed that teams will be carrying out extensive tests at the site to check whether the building, which is around a century old, contained asbestos. The neighbouring area will also have to be tested in case asbestos dust has travelled to surrounding areas.

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