THE recent rough weather has sparked an unexpected concern – the washing up of toxic canisters of Aluminium Phosphide. The canisters are thought to have fallen from passing ships, where they’re used for fumigation.
Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has urged residents along the South Coast to avoid handling silver canisters, or any containers, washed up on beaches and to immediately call Triple Zero (000) to report them to authorities.
The Rural Fire Service (RFS) has released a photograph of a canister to warn members of what to look out for, also warning of the danger of the production of phosphine gas which can be lethal.
Information from the NSW Environmental Protection Authority is that similar canisters have washed ashore in Queensland and with a Batemans Bay resident finding a container yesterday (Tuesday, February 5) there is the suggestion of a real danger lurking on the beach for an unsuspecting beachcomber.
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