Explosives experts called after workers dig up canisters
TUESDAY: Explosives experts were called to Blackmans Gap Rd, Miriam Vale after Golding Contractors' staff unearthed two suspicious canisters during excavation works on Monday.
Inspectors from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines attended the scene after emergency services had cordoned off the area.
Golding workers were carrying out flood recovery work for council about 8am on Monday when they discovered the canisters half a metre under the surface.
Miriam Vale Police Constable James Brockett was one of the first on scene, and said authorities had no choice but to call in experts.
"We established an exclusion zone to allow the firies to go and have a look and called for a mobile bomb tech or explosives inspector to come down and have a look," Constable Brockett said.
Gladstone Police later confirmed the canisters were non-explosive, old battery packs. There were checked by Department of Natural Resources and Mines inspectors and removed from the scene.
Residents were notified it was safe after authorities searched the area for any remaining canisters.
UPDATE Monday 5pm: Blackmans Gap Rd is now open to traffic following the identification of metal canisters that were discovered at Colosseum Creek causeway on Monday morning.
The cylinders have been inspected and were identified as non-explosive.
It's believed the canisters were old battery packs.
An explosives inspector from the Natural Resources and Mines Department visited the scene and cleared it, then did a brief search of the area to make sure there were no more canisters on site.
Earlier: An exclusion zone has been established around a work site near Blackmans Gap Rd, Colosseum, south-west of Miriam Vale, after the discovery of two metal canisters.
Police and fire service officers are at the scene.
The canisters were dug up by Golding Contractors workers who are undertaking flood repair works in the area.
Police initially sealed off the scene, but essential traffic is now being allowed through.
The canisters were found about 10km off the Bruce Highway, near an intersection with a forestry road.
Police are waiting for the arrival of bomb squad technicians from Rockhampton.
Police have asked people to avoid the area. Local residents have been asked to stay inside until the bomb squad technicians have assessed the scene.