AN EMERGENCY warning has been issued for a rapidly-dissipating unknown chemical leaking from a regional Victorian factory.
Residents on Holdsworth, Castle and Bannister Streets near the Parmalat factory at Bendigo are being warned of a biological hazard and have been told to stay indoors, closing off windows, doors and airconditioners.
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“Do not enter the area — it is extremely dangerous. Anyone located in the area must move inside immediately,” the warning reads.
Five Country Fire Authority (CFA) vehicles are at the scene after emergency services were alerted about 1.45pm on Sunday.
No roads are closed and the next alert is scheduled for 4.40pm.
The CFA recently downgraded the warning to a “Watch and Act” for North Bendigo regarding the hazardous gas leak in Bannister Street.
It is believed the threat is now localised to that street only.
Residents should remain indoors.Source:Supplied
Residents in Bannister Street should remain indoors, while motorists should avoid the area.
The CFA urged people experiencing any symptoms that may be due to chemical or smoke exposure to seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call 000.
Stay informed via www.emergency.vic.gov.au.
It is not yet known what caused the incident.
Workers at the factory were evacuated after the incident occurred and members of the public who had attended the Victorian town’s Easter Festival gala parade earlier today received a SMS warning them of the threat, The Age reports.
Bendigo is approximately 150 kilometres north west of Melbourne with a population of over 110,000.
Parmalat is a global dairy company that produces products including Pauls Milk, Ice Break Iced Coffee, Vaalia yoghurt and Oak and Breaka flavoured milk.