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Toxic canisters: The story so far

(Supplied: Fire and Rescue NSW)

One of the toxic canisters previously found (Fire and Rescue NSW)

Toxic canisters, like the one that locked down Mona Vale in Sydney’s North yesterday, have been finding their way onto beaches along the east coast of Australia since as early as February 2012.

The silver canisters have been located as far north as Ayr, Queensland and are now floating onto the shores of the Northern Beaches in New South Wales.

The canister that was handed into Mona Vale Fire Station was the third found in the Sydney area with one previously stored in a garage in the neighbouring suburb of Warriewood. Beachgoers were also forced out of the water last week when another of these canisters washed ashore at Elouera Beach near Cronulla.

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Bushfire burns through Ku-Ring-Gai National Park (2 updates)

Ryan McClelland/The Sydney Newsdesk

Ryan McClelland/The Sydney Newsdesk

WEST HEAD — The NSW Rural Fire Service is working to contain an out-of-control blaze in Sydney’s north tonight.

The fire started late on Friday afternoon and is currently burning through the Ku-Ring-Gai National Park at West Head. It is thought that the fire has burnt up to 200 hectares so far. Fire crews are currently working on establishing containment lines.

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