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HAZMAT-ByronBayUpdated 12pm: NSW Fire & Safety HAZMAT officers from Byron Bay and Goonellabah have this morning decontaminated a patient at Byron Bay Hospital who is suffering from exposure to toxic farm chemicals.

Eyewitnesses say the man was seen lying on a stretcher outside the hospital around 11.30am surrounded by emergency services personnel wearing HAZMAT suits.

A number of emergency vehicles are parked on the road near the hospital, adding to the already heavy traffic on Shirley Street.

A NSW Fire & Safety media spokesperson told Echonetdaily a farmer had called the hospital saying he was possibly exposed to organophosphates while spraying cattle.

He said the man was suffering from blurred vision and vomiting.

The man has subsequently been decontaminated by NSW Fire & Rescue HAZMAT staff and has been handed over to the hospital for further treatment.

A NSW Health spokesperson told Echonetdaily the man remains in hospital under observation. He is in a stable condition and is expected to be released this afternoon.

HAZMAT vehicles outside Byron Bay Hospital following poison spray incident on January 8. Photo Stuart Amos
HAZMAT vehicles outside Byron Bay Hospital following poison spray incident on January 8. Photo Stuart Amos


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  1. Lies, lies, all lies. They tell us it’s safe to eat Australian meat, who graze on grass. The only safe thing to do, is NOT to eat meat. It gives you breast and bowel cancer too!

  2. I have witnessed council workers spraying weeds on a local roadside, when the milking cows were grazing 3 meters away. I don’t drink milk but did wonder about the effect of spray drift onto that grass they were grazing on and wether their milk would be contaminated when they were next milked.


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