Posted October 01, 2019 12:25:23 A chemical canister found on a beach in Queensland’s west has sparked a major health investigation, and authorities are searching for the person who placed it.
Key points:Authorities say the canister was found near a man’s home on Friday, October 1Police say they have found no evidence of foul play in the casePolice are looking for a suspect and suspect descriptionPolice say the man was at home at the time of the discoveryThe Australian Maritime Safety Authority says the man’s name has not been released.
Key Points:Police say it was found on Friday afternoon in a section of the Queensland coast where a man was camping.
Police say a search of the beach found the canisters containing ammonium nitrate.
It’s unclear what the can, which contained a mixture of ammonium chloride and nitrate, was for.
The Australian National Maritime Safety Agency (ANMSA) said the man had not been in contact with the chemicals before the incident.
“It’s been suggested that the man may have been in the area on Friday evening, but we have not been able to confirm that,” ANMSA Commissioner Geoff MacLellan said.
“We would urge anyone who may have information about this incident to come forward.”
Police have released images of the man they want to speak to.
He is described as Caucasian, in his early 50s, 5’10”, with short, wavy hair, wearing a grey jumper and blue jeans.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the ANMSa Crime Investigation Squad at 1800 555 000,” Mr MacLillan said in a statement.”
If you see someone behaving suspiciously or in any way unsafe please contact police immediately.
“The man was last seen wearing a blue hat, a white shirt and dark trousers, with a white and black backpack on his back.