Safety warning following theft of toxic gas cartridges

Police have issued a safety warning following the theft of 50 cartridges that produce a potentially toxic gas, Queensland Police say.

Initial investigation suggest that sometime between October 8 and 10, a shed on a Rosedale Road property at Meadowvale was forcibly entered and five boxes containing a total of 50 Den-Co-Fume cartridges were stolen.

Den-Co-Fume is considered dangerous, and contains sodium nitrate and carbon.

The cartridges are easily ignited and the inhalation of fumes can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, weakness, unconsciousness and even death.

Once ignited, the cartridge initially emits a dark black smoke that dissipates, followed by a colourless, odourless gas.

They are usually used for fox eradication.

Police are urging anyone who happens to locate any of these cartridges to call Triple Zero immediately to report the discovery.

Do not touch or attempt to move the cartridges.


Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.

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