A strange smell shut down EDI and caused road closures in Zante and Alice streets yesterday.
A strange smell shut down EDI and caused road closures in Zante and Alice streets yesterday. VALERIE HORTON

Firies called as chemical released

EMERGENCY crews were called to Maryborough’s Downer EDI yesterday afternoon following a “minor” chemical spill.

It was believed a staff member raised the alarm when he opened a box and it released a strange smell around 4.15pm.

Sergeant Noel Sparks said there was no evacuation of the area and police and firefighters had attended as a precaution.

“There was a minor escape of vapours into the atmosphere,” Sgt Sparks said.

“At this stage crews are undertaking an examination of the spillage to ascertain what it might have been and they have worn protective clothing.”

At 5pm firefighters removed the suspicious materials from the building.

Allen Meiring, EDI executive manager of Maryborough operations, was unable to comment on the situation.

Attempts to contact EDI’s Sydney headquarters for a comment were also unsuccessful.



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