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Updated: Man dies after P lab explosion in Northland

UPDATE 1.45pm:
A man has died as a result of injuries suffered in an explosion at a Northland property.

Police have confirmed a 49-year-old-man passed away at 12.20pm today.

The other injured person, a male, aged 26 years has been transferred to Middlemore Hospital for specialist treatment of the burns he received.

His condition is described as stable.

The examination of the scene continues with specialist police staff, ESR and Fire Safety to establish the exact cause of the explosion.

Police ask that any person who may have information to contact the Whangarei
Police on 09 430 4500.

Police said the deceased name will not be released until all next of kin have been
notified.
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UPDATE 11am:
Today Northland Police with the assistance of the National Clandestine Laboratory Team and Fire Safety officers are carrying out a forensic examination at the scene of an explosion.

Two men were seriously injured in the explosion in Opouteke Road, near Pakotai of last night.

"Once the examination has been completed Police will be able to further advise around the circumstances surrounding this incident," Head of the investigation, Detective Inspector Kevin Burke said.

Police ask that anyone who may have information to contact the Whangarei Police on 09 4304500
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Two people with serious burns have been taken to Middlemore Hospital by helicopter after an explosion at a rural Northland property.

Emergency Services were called to Opouteke Road, Pakotai near Whangarei following a number of explosions and a fire, about 7.30pm yesterday.

When they arrived they found a shed and a car on fire.

Two people were located with serious burns.

Early indications are the explosion and fire were the result of an accident at a clandestine Methamphetamine lab.

Emergency workers and neighbours who went to the scene were decontaminated and Police forensic specialists are testing the scene which has been placed under guard overnight.

Details of the injured people and their condition is not available.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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