The scene at Walkerston, where it was feared a nitrogen tank might explode.
The scene at Walkerston, where it was feared a nitrogen tank might explode. Tony Martin

Police shoot at nitrogen tank

POLICE have shot at a nitrogen tank to depressurise it amid fears it would explode.

The cylinder, which was next to a pharmacy and park in Walkerston, just west of Mackay, has now been removed by firefighters.

The Peak Downs Highway was shut and businesses and one class from a nearby school were evacuated while emergency crews worked to determine if the cylinder would explode.

As police dealt with the cylinder, fire crews were cleaning up a spill after a molasses truck, stopped at the blockade, began leaking over the highway.



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