Chemical scare at Portobello beach

Portobello beach

Portobello beach

Three fire engines and two decontamination units were called to Portobello beach – to dispose of a container of detergent.

A canister labelled ‘toxic content’ was discovered by a dog walker just before 9.30am on Saturday morning, and police were called.

A cordon was set up around the container as a precaution until experts ruled that it wasn’t dangerous.

There was no spillage and no risk to the environment.

Council workers later visited the beach and disposed of the detergent.