Road closed after cyanide incident

Emergency services personnel were decontaminated after an incident involving cyanide in Central Otago yesterday.

Police were called to a site near Bannockburn at 6.15am.

Police, fire service volunteers and St John responded to the call-out and the area around the address off the Bannockburn-Cromwell road was cordoned off.

A 47-year-old man at the address was taken to Dunstan Hospital for assessment.

Police said there was no risk to residents outside the immediate address.

Central Otago District and Otago Regional Council staff were also called to assess the scene and a fire service hazardous materials team from Dunedin attended to dispose of any dangerous substances.

The Southland Times