Explosion in Lismore Bunnings carpark, man being treated
UPDATE 3pm: THE man treated for burns in the carpark of Bunnings Lismore had lit up a cigarette moments before the explosion, police say.
The man also had several jerry cans inside his dual cab ute at the time and had "smelt fuel" when he got into his car, according to Lismore police Chief Inspector Nicole Bruce.
Just moments after flicking his lighter "flames seemed to engulf the cabin".
The small butane canister lying between the two front seats then exploded, causing the car to crash.
The man is currently in a stable condition in Lismore Base Hospital.
UPDATE 1.50pm: POLICE have confirmed a man burnt in a small explosion in the Bunnings South Lismore carpark was injured by an exploding butane gas canister in his vehicle.
The man did not collide with a gas cylinder as previously reported.
Richmond Local Area Command Chief Inspector Nicole Bruce said the man was driving through the Bunnings car park at about 12.50pm when the small butane cylinder exploded.
It was located between the driver and passenger seat near the car's handbrake.
After the explosion the man's car crashed into another vehicle in the car park.
On person helped the man out his vehicle and took him to a nearby shower.
Paramedics then attended and treated the man on scene before transporting him to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.
He is suffering from non-life threatening burns to the left arm and upper body.
The fire was extinguished by one of the Bunnings employees.
Police are clearing the accident site.
WEDNESDAY 1.40pm: A MAN is being treated by paramedics after his car reportedly collided with a gas cylinder which subsequently exploded.
An Ambulance NSW spokesman said paramedics were called to a location on the Bruxner Highway at South Lismore just before 1pm.
The man, believed to be aged in his 40s, is suffering from burns to the legs, arms and face.