A man has been badly burnt after a shipping container loaded with fireworks caught alight in Sydney’s north west.
The fire engulfed the shipping container on the property surrounded by bushland on Hamilton Street in Vineyard about 3.30pm on Saturday.
When fire crews arrived they found the 42-year-old with burns to his face, arms and back. */]]>
Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Wayne Phillips said it was a dangerous operation for fire crews who battled the blaze under the threat of the fireworks blowing up.
Superintendent Phillips said fire crews doused the fireworks with water and he had not received any reports of any explosions. The remaining fireworks were stabilised and a hazardous materials team was also called to assess the site.
It is not yet known how the fire started or exactly how many tonnes of explosives or precursor chemicals were inside the shipping container.
Police said the man was licensed to work with pyrotechnics and had been working inside the shipping container at the time of the fire.
The man was treated at the scene before he was taken to Westmead Hospital. The fire was extinguished about 6.00pm.
Work Cover is investigating the incident.
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