On Friday 5th September 2014, a truck carrying 52.8 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was involved in a single-vehicle incident. The explosion was the equivalent power to 10–15 tonnes of TNT and so powerful that 30 km away Charleville residents thought there was an earthquake. In fact, the explosion was measured as a seismic event measuring 2.1 on the Richter scale. Thankfully not a life was lost.
Leafless trees fringed the area after 44 bags of ammonium nitrate, each bag weighing 1.2 tonnes, exploded alongside the Matilda Highway.
The site and ruins of this historic explosion is now signposted, and the story is told through interpretive signs at the site. The railway bridge will never be rebuilt.
Where: 30 km southwest of Charleville on the Matilda Highway towards Charleville.
There’s a pull off area suitable for caravans, motorhomes and camper trailers.