Thursday, April 25, 2024

Flare ignites at Horsham landfill site

Horsham Rural City Council has reminded local residents that out-of-date flares should be properly disposed of after a dumped flare reignited at a local landfill site last week.

A major incident at Dooen Landfill was narrowly avoided after the discarded flare ignited and was then extinguished by quick-thinking staff, Council said in a statement today.

“The operator was compacting rubbish when he noticed orange smoke and took immediate action to avoid a fire,” Council Infrastructure Director, John Martin said. 

“The flare was removed from the cell and the area was examined to establish if there were anymore. Luckily, this time there weren’t.”

Many people think flares can be placed into their general garbage collection, but expired flares are highly flammable and must be taken to a police station, he said.

“Flares are essential emergency signalling equipment. The problem is flares expire after three years. After this time, there is no guarantee they will fire when needed and they must be replaced.”

“Our message is that flares are classed as explosives, and must never be disposed of in a bin,” Mr Martin said.

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