Police closed part of Tweed Valley Way while an acetylene cylinder was being stabilised on the railway tracks on Saturday.
Police closed part of Tweed Valley Way while an acetylene cylinder was being stabilised on the railway tracks on Saturday. Liana Turner

M’bah gas fire could have been fatal

POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a stolen gas bottle was set alight on train tracks in South Murwillumbah on the weekend.

Emergency services were called to the tracks near the old train station on Tweed Valley Way about 2.15am Saturday, after reports of a gas cylinder being deliberately set alight.

An acetylene cylinder was set alight on railway tracks in South Murwillumbah early Saturday morning.
An acetylene cylinder was set alight on railway tracks in South Murwillumbah early Saturday morning. Fire and Rescue NSW

Fire and Rescue HAZMAT crews attended the incident and police evacuated nearby residents and closed Tweed Valley Way south of Alma St.

Police said the 56kg industrial cylinder, containing the highly flammable gas acetylene, could have exploded, but was deemed stable at 2pm.

Police closed part of Tweed Valley Way while an acetylene cylinder was being stabilised on the railway tracks on Saturday.
Police closed part of Tweed Valley Way while an acetylene cylinder was being stabilised on the railway tracks on Saturday. Liana Turner

They said the incident was a “highly dangerous act” with potentially “fatal consequences”.

No one was injured.

Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity around the area should contact Crime Stoppers.



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