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Firefighters remove suspect substance

Wednesday, 4th November, 2020

Firefighters remove a large quantity of unknown liquid from a house in Morgan Street on Monday. PICTURE: Broken Hill Fire and Rescue Firefighters remove a large quantity of unknown liquid from a house in Morgan Street on Monday. PICTURE: Broken Hill Fire and Rescue

By Michael Murphy

Police called firefighters to help remove up to ten containers of an unknown substance found when they searched a Morgan Street property on Monday evening.

Fire Station Officer Don Peters said 16 firefighters from the Central and South brigades took part in the operation, which took more than two hours.

The unmarked containers each held between two and ten litres of liquid and they were located outside and inside the house.

“Firefighters in fully encapsulated suits went in and recovered them. We put them in hazmat bins and handed them over to police,” SO Peters said.

“The containers were unmarked and we had no idea what the chemicals were, so in those instances we have to assume that they are the worst possible chemical we can find,” SO Peters said.

“Time wasn’t an issue so we needed to set up the whole strategy that we have to recover chemicals, so that everybody is safe and it is done in an efficient manner.”

Firefighters completed the operation by 7.40pm, he said.

Police said the liquid had been sent off for analysis. They said they were not able to provide any further details because the matter was still being investigated.

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