Man in hospital after mining detonator explodes

A man, 41, is in a critical state in hospital after a mining detonator explosion early Saturday morning in a forest between Queensland’s Inglewood and Millmerran on Friday night.

The Goondiwindi Criminal Investigation Branch and explosive technicians are investigating the explosion after police cordoned off the site.

Police investigations are also under way, the Queensland Times reported.

The man is in a Brisbane intensive care unit with leg injuries. An ambulance took him to Inglewood Hospital before he was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Emergency services arrived at the scene after receiving information of an explosions about 30 kilometres north of Inglewood.

Early reports said the man was camping with two other men aged 16 and 45 in a state forest when a mining detonator is thought to have exploded, injuring the man at about 12.45am on Saturday.

The two other men who camped with him were not injured. They were all from Bethania, Logan City.

The incident had no connection to an explosion at West Ipswich on Friday, police media said.

The Courier Mail reported there was a blast from home-made bombs in the region, blowing off a man’s fingers west of Brisbane.

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