A helicopter from the Oakey Army Aviation Centre. Photo Contributed
A helicopter from the Oakey Army Aviation Centre. Photo Contributed

Unknown substance in package sparks evacuation at army base

An unknown substance spilling from a delivery box was behind an evacuation at the army aviation base at Oakey yesterday.

The Department of Defence confirmed a material with a “strong smell” was found leaking from a package that had arrived at the Oakey Army Aviation Centre.

The incident was alerted to emergency services shortly before 1pm, with initial reports suggesting a woman had been injured.

But a defence spokeswoman said while staff at the base were evacuated, no one was hurt.

“An unknown substance with a strong smell was found to have been spilt on a recently delivered box,” she said.

“The box was found to be not suspicious.

“No defence or civilian staff were injured.

“The incident required the evacuation of staff as Queensland Fire and Emergency Services vented the building.”

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Centre chief of staff Lieutenant Colonel Chip Saint praised the efforts of emergency services for their swift response.

“The Queensland Police and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services responded quickly and provided excellent assistance in bringing the incident to a safe conclusion,” he said.

Originally published as Unknown substance in package sparks evacuation at army base