A major road is blocked after a house exploded in flames, severely injuring a man who was allegedly ‘experimenting with chemicals’ to make his own fireworks.
A major road is blocked after a house exploded in flames, severely injuring a man who was allegedly ‘experimenting with chemicals’ to make his own fireworks.

Man's hand blown off in failed rocket experiment

A man is likely to lose his hand after he was severely injured when a homemade rocket exploded at his Chermside West home this morning.

The bomb squad has been tasked after the rocket exploded at the Hamilton Road residence at 7.49am - forcing police to block the major road for several hours while the man was treated and a crime scene established.

It's alleged the man was "experimenting with chemicals" to "make his own homemade rocket".

Emergency crews believe it is likely he could lose his hand after he suffered significant burns to his hand and leg.

More than five police crews, three fire trucks and one ambulance attended the scene.

Critical care paramedics have taken the man to hospital in a serious condition.

A crime scene has been declared as police continue to investigate what caused the explosion.

A witness said she heard the bang and saw the man leave the home with emergency crews "screaming".

A window, on the first floor of the two-storey home was apparently smashed in the incident.

The incident comes a day after the state government warned Queenslanders about illegal fireworks.

Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said sticking to the organised and legal public fireworks display is the safest way to ensure your New Year's Eve doesn't end up being a night to forget.

"Fireworks are part and parcel of the festive season but the last thing anyone needs are serious injuries caused by illegal fireworks," he said.

"The safe use of fireworks requires trained and licensed fireworks contractors who are bound by strict safety and security laws.

Anyone caught illegally using or possessing fireworks can be prosecuted, with severe penalties up to a maximum $53,380 fine or six months imprisonment.


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