Man blows off three fingers

POLICE are warning Central Queenslanders about the dangers of homemade bombs and explosives after a Gladstone man blew three fingers off his hand in an "act of stupidity" late Saturday.

Police were called after the man, 21, turned up at Gladstone Hospital with serious injuries.

As well as losing three fingers, police said he had extensive damage to the rest of his hand and shrapnel wounds to his chest and legs.

The incident follows another in Central Queensland in June where four young Mackay men were taken to a Brisbane hospital with life-threatening burns following a ute explosion.

A man has been charged with three counts of causing grievous bodily harm and carrying or placing dangerous goods in a vehicle including flash powder, fertiliser and nitro fuel in relation to this incident.

Gladstone police CIB officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Moon said the Gladstone explosion happened about 11pm on Saturday.

Det Snr Sgt Moon said a friend took the injured man to hospital.

The injured man could face charges.

It appears he has manufactured a pipe bomb by himself and ignited it in an isolated area.

"This particular event had the potential to have had even more consequences aside from the serious injuries this young man suffered," Det Snr Sgt Moon said.

"We could well have been looking at multiple victims.

"It's pure stupidity ... people need to wake up to themselves and take a look at what they are doing."

He said the man's injuries meant he would never forget what happened.


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