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Hazmat incident at Newcastle West

Published: 23rd February 2009

The area around the wharf in Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle West had to be evacuated this morning as firefighters dealt with damaged acetylene cylinders. Fire crews from Newcastle, Hamilton, Carrington, Hazmat specialist from Newcastle and the Duty Commander responded to the emergency with the first crews on scene in nine minutes. A barge had damage several acetylene cylinders that had landed in a dangerous position. An exclusion zone was established as fire crews determined that the cylinders could be safely moved. Once the damaged cylinders had been removed and submerged in water the exclusion zone was reduced to the immediate area.