Illawarra Newsroom

Illawarra Suburb Shaken By Explosion

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Police are investigating after two people were left in a critical condition after an explosion overnight.

Police say they were called to a Forest Street, Oak Flats  address at around 7 o'clock after a blast that shook nearby homes and was heard for several kilometres.

Inquiries revealed a couple had opened the door of a shipping container at the back of the property when the explosion occurred.

It's believed an oxyacetylene canister had been leaking and ignited when the gas came into contact with a lit cigarette.

The man and woman have suffered serious burns and have been flown to Royal North Shore Hospital for treatment.

A crime scene has been established and police will be back at the scene today.

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