Evacuation after gas cylinder set on fire at Murwillumbah

POLICE are appealing for information from the public after a gas cyclinder was set on fire, causing evacuation of nearby residents.

About 8am on Saturday, NSW Fire and Rescue and Police attended Tweed Valley Way, South Murwillumbah, a short distance south of the train station, after receiving information that a gas cylinder had been deliberately set on fire, police from Tweed Byron Local Area Command said.

A 56kg industrial gas cylinder was located on the train tracks, and attempts had been made to set it on fire overnight.

Although the cylinder had not exploded, the status of the cylinder was not known, and Fire and Rescue dealt with the cylinder as a HAZMAT incident.

Police evacuated nearby residents, and traffic diversions were set in place by police and Tweed Shire Council.

Fire and Rescue assessed the cylinder again at 2pm, and it was deemed stable.

Residents were allowed back home, and traffic diversions were ceased.

This was a highly dangerous act, and had possible fatal consequences if the cylinder had exploded.

Police ask if anyone has any information in relation to the incident, please contact Crime Stoppers.



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