Police warn against touching canisters washing up onto beaches.
Police warn against touching canisters washing up onto beaches. Contributed

Toxic canisters continue to wash up on beaches

TOXIC canisters are continuing to wash up on northern region beaches, police say.

In a new warning, police said since the discovery of the first container at Tuncurry they had received reports of a number of other canisters washing up on beaches along the north-east coastline.

On January 3, a canister washed up onto Salt beach.

At the time Tweed-Byron Local Area Command Inspector Greg Jago said the contents could cause death if opened.

The canisters are believed to contain rat poison (aluminium phosphide), which could be fatal if inhaled or ingested.

They are described as being about 30cm long and made of steel; there are no labels or markings on the canisters, and barnacles are growing on the exterior.

Police continue to urge members of the public to be on the lookout for the canisters and not to handle them if found.

Instead, Fire and Rescue NSW and police should be contacted on Triple Zero (000).


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