TAKING PRECAUTIONS: Emergency services at the Chinchilla Waste and Recycling Centre after a
TAKING PRECAUTIONS: Emergency services at the Chinchilla Waste and Recycling Centre after a "hazardous" incident occurred yesterday. Brooke Duncan

Crews return to hazardous incident at Chinchilla waste site

UPDATE (12.10pm): WESTERN Downs Regional Council has said it believes the source of the hazardous incident at the Chinchilla Waste and Recycling Centre has been identified.

In a statement, council said due process would follow, which "might include prosecution”.

The news comes after Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews left the site this morning, having returned to conduct gas detection works as a precautionary measure.

EARLIER (8.48am): Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews and police have returned to the Chinchilla Waste and Recycling Centre this morning after a "hazardous incident” occurred yesterday morning.

A Firecom spokeswoman said crews left the centre after 10pm last night and returned this morning.

A QFES spokeswoman said crews spent yesterday working to neutralise a chemical reaction which "caused concerns”.

Three crews, including one scientific crew, returned about 7.45am to carry out gas detection works as a precaution.

"Just checking the area is safe,” the spokeswoman said.

The Firecom spokeswoman said the canisters were no longer producing gas, and contained a form of fumigant, aluminium phosphide.

The chemical is a highly toxic inorganic compound used as a fumigant to kill small vermin like rats, commonly used in grain silos.

Fire crews wore full hazmat suits and breathing apparatus when securing the facility due to the toxicity of the chemicals.

EARLIER (Monday, 4.27pm): QFES crews are still on the scene at the Chinchilla Waste and Recycling Centre after reports of smoking cannisters this morning.

A QFES spokeswoman said two crews, plus specialist vehicles, were at the tip on Slessar St, where crews were working to identify the number of containers affected.

"They were working to separate them from other material,” the spokeswoman said.

According to QFES media, crews had the incident under control about 1.45pm and were liaising with management on site.

Western Downs Regional Council has said the incident did not pose a threat to residents.

EARLIER: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are on stand-by as they wait for a scientific expert to arrive on site.

A hazmat vehicle from Toowoomba has been dispatched and on its way to the waste facility.

Staff have been evacuated from a Chinchilla waste facility after a "hazardous incident” occurred earlier this morning.

Fire crews have been at the scene since about 12pm.

There haven't been any reports of injuries and the breathing apparatus team is currently inspecting the site.

Witnesses said the incident was related to a number of smoking canisters.

Firefighters have set up an exclusion zone to contain any toxins released from the waste.

Firefighters and police have been called to scene and are currently investigating.


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