Newcastle: Drum washes up on the beach hours after another pulls out of the ocean in Sydney’s Coogee
Mystery deepens over HUGE artifacts washing up on Australian beaches – like another huge object appears just hours after a 20,000 gallon barrel was pulled from the ocean in east Sydney
- Fear of the huge drum that has washed up on Newcastle Beach north of Sydney
- Firefighters closed the beach for several hours, fearing the drum contained harmful acid
- The contents of the drum were later declared safe, while its origin remains unknown
- Comes after a 20,000 liter barrel washed up on Coogee Beach in Sydney on Friday
A second mysterious oil barrel washed up along Australia’s east coast within 48 hours, closing a popular beach north of Sydney.
The huge drum, originally feared to contain hydrochloric acid, landed along the Newcastle Beach coastline on Sunday in the wake of widespread flooding in New South Wales.
The mystery arose two days after a similar 20,000 liter drum washed up on Coogee Beach in Sydney.
Fire and Rescue NSW was called to Newcastle main beach on Sunday afternoon and ordered shocked beachgoers to get out of the water during the clean-up operation.
The NSW Fire and Rescue Hazardous Materials Team siphons the liquid from the 1000 gallon drum marked for hydrochloric acid into the safe orange plastic bins. It turned out to be oil
Hazardous crews rushed to the scene, fearing that the drums contained hydrochloric acid, known for its irritating odor that can cause chemical burns to the skin, eye damage, and blindness.
“ As a precaution, the crews temporarily closed the Shortland Esplanade, while the hazardous materials crews could work to safely contain and dispose of the contents of the drum, ” read a statement from Fire and Rescue NSW.
The beach was reopened three hours later after the Hazmat crews cleared the contents of the drum.
Although the origin of the drum remains unknown, the area has now been made safe, the statement added.
It is clear that the drum contained oil.
During the investigation of the Hazmat crews, an exclusion zone of 200 meters was established at Newcastle Beach
On Friday, there were similar scenes at Coogee Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
Amazed beachgoers thought there was a whale heading for the shore, but became even more confused when the object hit the sand.
Rescuers at Coogee Beach were on high alert after seeing the mysterious shape, which turned out to be a 20,000 liter barrel.
The large shape could be seen in the water at Coogee Beach in the east of Sydney on Friday (photo)
Once the item washed up, lifesavers realized that the object was in fact a 20,000 gallon tank (photo)
After the tank was towed onto the beach and safely cordoned off with orange traffic cones, the strange sight sparked a surge of interest online.
“I thought it was an art installation,” one person joked on Instagram.
“That is enormous to be washed in the sea!” said another person.
“We saw some of Bondi float,” said another.
Randwick Council removed the tank with the help of a front-end loader, and was still perplexed as to exactly where the item had come from.
Some baffled beachgoers thought the tank might be an art installation (photo)