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Bomb squad and wet weather arrive to fireworks explosion

Discussion in 'News & Events' started by Hails, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. Hails

    Hails Well-Known Member

    Lithgow isn't that far from me!

    December 9, 2007 - 3:18PM

    The bomb squad has arrived to secure the site of a massive blast at a fireworks factory west of Sydney.

    Police and fire crews have been unable to enter the 154 hectare property at Wallerawang near Lithgow, in the NSW central west, after a container of fireworks exploded about 10pm yesterday.

    The blast was heard 30km away and eight homeowners about 1km from the factory had their windows and doors blown off by metal debris.

    A NSW Force Police spokesman said the bomb squad would attempt to secure the site so investigations into the cause of the fire can begin.

    Police suspect an intruder may have caused the blast, and if so, the person would not have survived.

    Rain has started to fall over the area with thunderstorms expected to develop this afternoon, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

    Business owner Andrew Howard said the weather would not increase the risk of being on the site but wet weather would not help the investigation.

    "Lightning will not be a problem," Mr Howard said.