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Harbors in New South Wales have been evacuated following a major explosion at a major port in the State’s north-west.
Key points:Authorities say there are concerns about the presence of large quantities of chemicals, fuel, and waste at the siteThe port was evacuated to contain the blastEmergency crews are on site and the site has been closed to public access for the next 24 hoursEmergency crews have been at the scene since the blast was reported on Tuesday and have been making the final preparations for the response to the blastThe explosion was first reported around 5:00pm (AEDT) and it was not immediately clear if the explosion was caused by a natural disaster.
The Port of Launceston said the blast occurred at a storage yard at the Port of Tasmania’s Harbour Freight Co. Ltd (HFCL).HFCG is a container shipping company that operates on the Eastern Freight Corridor.”HFCGL will be conducting a full investigation into the cause of the explosion and its consequences,” a spokesperson for the company said in a statement.
The company said it was in the process of determining the extent of the fire and “ensuring our staff are safe and accounted for”.”HBCL will be monitoring the situation and will update our staff with any additional information as it becomes available,” the spokesperson said.
The port has been evacuated to keep out of the area.
Emergency crews at the time of the blast have been onsite making the necessary preparations for any potential containment measures.
“The Port is working with local authorities to manage the area and to ensure public safety,” a spokesman for the Port said.
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