Eller­slie ex­plo­sion hos­pi­talises one

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An ex­plo­sion in the Auck­land sub­urb of Eller­slie left one worker with burn in­juries.

Emer­gency ser­vices re­sponded to the ex­plo­sion in Ladies Mile just after 1pm on Thurs­day.

A Water­care worker in­ves­ti­gat­ing a wastew­a­ter pipe re­ceived mi­nor burns to his face and arms, a spokes­woman for the coun­cil-con­trolled or­gan­i­sa­tion said.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred when Water­care work­ers were break­ing open con­crete sur­round­ing a pipe­line and struck a live elec­tri­cal ca­ble, cre­at­ing a flash, she said.

The man was part of a small crew and was dis­charged from Mid­dle­more Hos­pi­tal Thurs­day af­ter­noon, she said.

A pipe blocked by tree roots was be­ing re­paired and the team were hand-dig­ging the area at the time, she said.

Water­care in­fra­struc­ture de­liv­ery man­ager Steve Web­ster said po­lice orig­i­nally be­lieved the ex­plo­sion oc­curred un­der­ground, but the crew were not un­der­ground at the time.

‘‘They were work­ing in a shal­low ex­ca­va­tion in the berm when the in­ci­dent oc­curred.’’

Work­safe had been no­ti­fied and Water­care was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the ac­ci­dent, he said.

Po­lice se­nior sergeant Daniel Meade said a digger was in­volved and dam­age was caused to as­sets owned by power com­pany Vec­tor. on

DILEEPA FONSEKA/STUFF

Work­ers struck a live elec­tri­cal ca­ble in a ‘‘shal­low ex­ca­va­tion’’, cre­at­ing a flash, Water­care said.

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