Toxic canister washes up on Airlie foreshore
It has been confirmed by the Queensland Fire & Rescue Service (QFRS) that a metal canister found washed up on Airlie Beach Foreshore today by a Whitsunday Regional Council employee, is the same as the toxic canisters recently found in Gladstone and Rockhampton in the past week.
The origin of the canisters remains unknown however it does contain a toxic substance known as Aluminum Phosphide.
The canister found on the Airlie Beach Foreshore has since been removed by the QFRS.
Council's Mayor, Jennifer Whitney said if any member of the public comes across one of these canisters, they should immediately notify the Queensland Fire & Rescue Service or the Queensland Police.
"It is extremely important that the canisters are not touched or moved and extreme caution should be taken when dealing with such a substance.
"Exposure to the contents could be harmful or potentially lethal so it is imperative that trained authorities are notified immediately for its safe removal," Mayor Whitney said.
The Queensland Fire & Rescue Service will organise for the appropriate disposal of the canister.