Cocktail of chemicals detonated near highway

By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au

SPECIALISTS have been called in to detonate a chemical cocktail found near the Bruce Highway just north of the Calliope crossroads.

Gladstone police Sergeant Paul Ruge said the cocktail was found in milk crates, and that their origin was unknown. Among them were acids, along with chloroform and an unidentified powder.

'They were detonated on scene due to their unstable nature,' Sgt Ruge said.

'A portable drug lab has been ruled out because the chemicals were not consistent with that type of activity.'

Sgt Ruge said chemists were called in to identify the substances, followed by an explosives unit from Rockhampton. Short traffic delays were experienced by some motorists about 10.30pm for the explosion.

Meanwhile motorists were advised to lock their cars, after four vehicles were broken into.

Sgt Ruge said during one incident a car parked in Goondoon Street on Wednesday night was entered and a wallet and cash stolen.

A bag containing books was also taken.

Information was also being sought on the theft of a purse from outside the Valley shopping centre.

'The complainant had been sitting outside a grocery store when she went to her vehicle,' Sgt Ruge said.

'She then realised she had left her purse behind and went back. In that short space of time someone has taken it.

'It was found later in a toilet block but was missing a quantity of cash.''

Information can be forwarded to Gladstone police on 4971 3210 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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