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Accident forces closure of BP

Airlie Beach fire fighters investigating the damaged petrol bowser at the BP service station in Cannonvale on Tuesday.
Airlie Beach fire fighters investigating the damaged petrol bowser at the BP service station in Cannonvale on Tuesday.

AIRLIE Beach fire fighters were called to the BP service station in Cannonvale on Tuesday after a truck reversed into a petrol bowser causing a minor leak.

Airlie Beach fire and rescue station officer Cameron Corneal said the risk of any major fire hazard resulting from the incident was low.

After being called to the site by BP service station management around 10am on Tuesday the fire fighters, along with police, took the necessary precautions to ensure the leak was blocked and caused no further hazard to the public or environment.

“All we did was isolated the bowser and stopped the leak,” Mr Corneal said.

“What we were looking at was continuing to block the leak, firstly for environmental reasons.

“We don't want fuel getting into the waterways and secondly the risk of a fire hazard.”

Mr Corneal said an environmental protection authority representative would continue to investigate the incident before the bowser could be repaired.

The service station was closed to the public for a couple of hours before the bowser was fenced off and the station was re-opened to the public again.


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