Nova Scotia

Man badly hurt in Sackville house explosion

A man who was caught in a house explosion near Halifax was in hospital with serious injuries after what police suspect was a drug-related accident Saturday.
A man was injured after a house explosion on Margaret Street in Sackville. (Google Streetview)

A man hurt in a house explosion near Halifax was in hospital with serious injuries after what police suspect was a drug-related accident Saturday.

RCMP and Halifax Regional Police responded to reports of a man on fire fleeing the basement of a house on Margaret Street off Sackville Drive at noon local time.

"The gentleman that suffered very serious and possibly life-threatening injuries may have been trying to produce drugs. The type of drugs, or what type of chemicals he was using, is still under investigation," said Cpl. Scott MacRae.

"This is very dangerous. This is a prime example of why you should not go into trying to make your own drug concoction. They can be very volatile and result in serious injury."

The man was taken to the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre and fire fighters extinguished the blaze.

"HRM fire services attended to control the fire and try to determine the cause of the explosion," MacRae said. "The area around this house on Margaret Street is still going to be under investigation by fire investigators and RCMP to try to determine what caused this explosion."

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