HAZMAT called for rotten onion truck

A truck filled with rotten onions caused alarm in Gumly Gumly yesterday after a number of triple-0 calls reported a disgusting smell in the suburb.

The culprit was a parked truck in a vacant property off Copland Street that was leaking a brown substance. Wagga police, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW), HAZMAT and Wagga City Council attended the foul-odoured scene, about 3pm.

Investigations revealed the truck was filled with rotten onions and they had been sitting in the searing 40-plus temperatures for two weeks, causing the vegetables to break down.

Wagga City FRNSW station commander Peter Dwyer described the stench as "pungent" but said no one's eyes watered.

"It was a really pungent smell," he said.

"There was a brown liquid running from the side and rear of the trailer.

"We contained the spill and once it was determined what the substance was, it was decided it was safe to be dispensed of at the tip."

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