A man is seriously injured after an explosion at an industrial site in Rangiora, Canterbury.

A police spokeswoman said the man was injured shortly before 8am when a drum exploded at a site on Flaxton Rd.

St John Ambulance treated the man and took him to Christchurch Hospital with serious injuries.

The police spokeswoman said Worksafe would be notified.

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The accident happened on Flaxton Rd, Rangiora, about 7.50am. Image / Google Maps
The accident happened on Flaxton Rd, Rangiora, about 7.50am. Image / Google Maps