Toxic Canister Located At Gladstone

Police are asking beachgoers to avoid handling silver canisters after an aluminium tin, containing a toxic substance, was washed ashore near Cape Capricorn at Gladstone on Wednesday, May 15.

Water Police located the item, pictured, while conducting patrols off Curtis Island.

It has subsequently been removed.

The canister is described as approximately 30cm long and 15cm in diameter, and contains a toxic chemical, which could be harmful if handled.

Do not attempt to move or open these canisters.

Anyone who locates a silver canister, or any similar type of container, is urged to immediately call Triple Zero (000).


If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at or call 131 444.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at

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