Photo Gallery: Canister at Ocean Shores

Photo Credit: Jim Sachet, Spill Response, Washington Department of Ecology

Canisters retrieved from Ocean Shores residents.  Approx. 9.5 inches tall X 3.5 inches.  Silver in color with horizontal stripes and red plastic screw cap.


Canisters are light and appear empty.  They contain a residue of dust or particles of the original product (aluminum or magnesium phosphide).  This residue can still cause a small amount of phosphine gas to be generated when opened.


Ecology Spill Responders tested two canisters for the presence of phosphine gas when opened for the first time.  Phosphine gas was present.