HAZMAT incident - Beecroft

Published: 06 Aug 2020 09:36am

The Fire and Rescue NSW HAZMAT team from Chester Hill attended an address in Albert Road, Beecroft after a container of the highly explosive picric acid and two mortar shells were found and triple zero alerted at 9.36am today.

The picric acid was found stored in a bucket which is not according to safety recommendations and as a result is at risk of exploding.

The mortar shells were aged and rusted but othwerise intact.

Seven surrounding houses were evacuated and local roads in the immediate were closed as FRNSW worked with the Police bomb squad to render the acid and the mortar shells safe.

The acid and the mortar shells will now be disposed of safely.

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:15pm

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Stations nearby

BEECROFT Fire Station

109 Beecroft Road, Beecroft NSW 2119

EASTWOOD Fire Station

269 Rowe Street, Eastwood NSW 2122

CASTLE HILL Fire Station

380 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill NSW 2154