Man killed in ‘catastrophic’ blast while ‘tinkering’ in shed

A MAN has been killed in a ‘catastrophic’ explosion at his home in Brisbane’s north.

The blast ripped through the property in the suburb of Warner around 5.30pm on Friday.

Police said the man in his 50s was working on a machine beside his shed when the explosion occurred.


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It’s understood the man, described by his wife as a “tinkerer”, was using a hydrogen gas unit to extract the chemical element from water.

Neighbours called triple-0 after the blast shook their homes and likened the explosion to a ‘nuclear bomb’.

“It was like a nuclear bomb going off,” Neighbour Ric Hartman told News Corp.

“… it blew everything off our kitchen tables, off our nightstands — it blew the lamps off.”

The man was was home alone at the time of the explosion and was killed instantly in the blast.

Senior Sergeant Jeff Lansdown said the incident was “quite catastrophic” and “very traumatising” for the man’s family and attending emergency services.

The man’s death is being treated as non-suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

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