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WATCH: 'Ammonia leak': Workers evacuated, roads closed in Gladstone

Emergency services are at the scene of an ammonia vapour leak in Gladstone.
Emergency services are at the scene of an ammonia vapour leak in Gladstone.

What we know:

Four fire units, police and the ambulance service are at the scene of a confirmed ammonia vapour leak from an isolated Orica container.

A 200m exclusion zone has been made around the leak, which is at Fisherman's Landing behind Cement Australia.

Queensland Police advise people to stay away from the area.

Landing and Serrant Rds are closed and workers have been evacuated.

Six patients are being treated, however they show no symptoms of chemical poisoning.

UPDATE 2.30pm:

THE Gladstone Police and Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews worked closely today after an ammonia vapour leak was reported at a Gladstone work site.

At a press conference about the vapour leak Gladstone Police senior sergeant in charge Jamie Goodwin said the police officers roles were to support the fire crews.

The ammonia vapour leak was reported at 8am from an isolated container at Fisherman's Landing wharf.

"We assured no members of the public gained access to the facility as a precautionary measure," Sgt Goodwin said. 

"Everyone was evacuated as a precaution."

Fire units are still at the scene spraying the vapour to allow it to safely disperse.

The 200m exclusion zone is still in place.

UPDATE 12.15pm:

QUEENSLAND fire and emergency services crews are still at the scene of an ammonia vapour leak from a container at Fisherman's Landing.

The fire units are spraying the vapour to allow it to safely disperse.

The vapour leak was reported about 8am this morning.

UPDATE: 11.13am: 

AN AIR-quality monitoring station at Fisherman's Landing has recorded slightly higher levels of PM10 since an "ammonia leak" at a nearby Orica facility this morning.

The levels of PM10, which refers to the size of pollution, are currently just below State Government specified levels.

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AMMONIA LEAK: PM10 levels are just below Government specified levels (see red line).
AMMONIA LEAK: PM10 levels are just below Government specified levels (see red line).

The air quality is currently rated "fair" for PM10 on a five-tier rating system, which includes "very good", "good", "fair", "poor", and "very poor".

It is not known whether the rise and the leak are connected.

More to come

UPDATE: 10.44am: 

FIREFIGHTERS are still working to contain an "ammonia leak" at Fisherman's Landing.

Paramedics have assessed six patients.

LISTEN: CQ University's Aoife Power explain what "ammonia" is and what it's health effects are: 

Paramedics are remaining on "standby" as a precaution, according to a Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman.

No transports have been required so far. 

More to come

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UPDATE 9.50am:

LANDING Road and Serrant Roads are closed after there was an ammonia leak from a storage facility at Fishermans Landing wharf.

A number of neighbouring businesses have been evacuated as a precaution.

Locals are encouraged to shut their windows.

Police are also advising people to stay away from the area around Fisherman's Landing.

The Queensland Ambulance Service is treating six patients who were near the leak, however they do not show any symptoms.

UPDATE 9.30am:

ORICA has confirmed there is an ammonia liquid leak at a storage site which has created ammonia vapour.

The spokeswoman said there were no reports of injuries and the company was focussing on supporting the effort of the emergency services.

Emergency services are at the scene of an ammonia vapour leak in Gladstone.
Emergency services are at the scene of an ammonia vapour leak in Gladstone.

 

"The emergency services are spraying the vapour to safely disperse," she said.

"The next stage will be to undertake a thorough review."

Residents north of Fishermans Landing wharf, including Targinnie, have been encouraged to close their windows and doors as a precaution.

UPDATE 9.15am:

SIX people are being assessed by Queensland Ambulance Service after an ammonia vapour leak from a container at Fishermans Landing wharf.

A QAS spokesperson said they had no symptoms and the assessment was a precautionary measure.

She said the six people were near the leak.

UPDATE 9am:

EMERGENCY services are setting up a 200m exclusion zone around the ammonia vapour leak.

The leak is reportedly coming from an isolated Orica container and not at the Orica Site.

 

Emergency services are at the scene of an ammonia vapour leak at Fishermans Landing Wharf behind Cement Australia.
Emergency services are at the scene of an ammonia vapour leak at Fishermans Landing Wharf behind Cement Australia.

 

The vapour leak is happening near Fisherman's Landing behind Cement Australia.

Fire crews are trying to disperse the vapour and are having issues with the wind direction.

Queensland Police advise people to stay away from the area.

Three Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics are at the scene on standby.

At this stage they have no patients.

UPDATE 8.40am:

There has been a 200m exclusion zone set up outside the ammonia vapour leak in Yarwun.
There has been a 200m exclusion zone set up outside the ammonia vapour leak in Yarwun. Michael Richards

 

A FIRE crew is currently spraying a vapour leak that is flaring at an industrial site along Landing Rd in Yarwun.

There is now four fire crews out there, police and ambulance.

The fire crews are still talking to the management of the company to find a best way to tackle the hazardous vapour being emitted into the air.

UPDATE 8.30am:

THREE fire units have arrived on the scene at the Gladstone State Development Land for the job that was called in as a potential "ammonia leak".

The crews are currently talking with the management of the company to find out more.

The Queensland Ambulance Service is on the scene.

The police are on their way.

Earlier 8am:

THREE Queensland Fire and Emergency Units are on their way to a hazardous material call out at the State Development Land at Yarwun.

The call out came just before 8am.

Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Police have also been called to the scene.

More information to come once the emergency services arrive.

Topics:  breaking, chemical spill, gladstoneindustry, gladstone industry, orica



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