Cyanide spill at Cracow

NO one was hurt following a potentially lethal spill of cyanide at the Cracow gold mine on Saturday.

Emergency service crews worked for hours to contain the spill, which was first reported about 7am.

It appears a 21-tonne container of liquid sodium cyanide had fallen from the back of a truck as it turned into the mine, on the Theodore-Eidsvold Road.

Fire and Rescue crews had contained the spill by about 3.40pm, sealing an estimated 50 to 60 litres of the deadly chemical in drums.

Three Gladstone Fire and Rescue crews had attended, including the special RACE team which deals with chemical spills and emergencies.

Fire fighters used fully enclosed breathing suits to protect themselves as they worked.

The crews were reported to have been hampered by heat.

Investigations into the cause of the spill are continuing.

Cyanide is mainly used in the gold mining industry to extract gold from gold bearing ore.

If absorbed through the skin, cyanide can be fatal.



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