The scene of a suspected drug lab
explosion. Photo: Kit Wise
The blast left the 37-year-old man with
internal injuries and burns to 80 per cent of his body.
The victim was dropped off at Robina
Hospital by a woman believed to be his partner a short time
after the incident but was later transferred to the Royal
Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Last night he was in a critical condition
and fighting for his life, but information from the hospital
this morning reveals he is now in a stable, but serious
It is understood his condition may have
been worsened by ingesting chemicals following the blast
Police forensic officers at the
scene of a suspected drug lab explosion at
Robina. Photo: Kit Wise
The explosion occurred at 4am at a
townhouse on Killarney Drive, Robina, but police did not
arrive until about 9am,when the hospital notified them of
the man’s injuries.
Police said the victim had a criminal
record and was linked to the Black Uhlans outlaw motorcycle
Detective Inspector Marc Hogan said
officers were investigating whether a drug lab was to blame
for the blast.
“Police have initiated a response through
the laboratory investigation team ... from Brisbane as it is
suspected the explosion is the result of an illegal
laboratory,” he said.
“Neighbours obviously heard the explosion
and police are looking for anyone who may have information
on the people involved.’’
Police at the scene after the
explosion. Photo: Kit Wise
A witness who did not want to be named
said she was woken by a loud bang followed by screams about
4am and ran outside to find the garage door blown off its
“I heard a guy screaming and went straight
out and stood in front of the garage and asked what was
going on and if they needed an ambulance,” she said.
“His partner said not to worry and that a
gas bottle had exploded.
“He came out and you could see he had put
himself in a cold shower and had wet towels on him but he
said he would go to the hospital and not to call the cops.”
Police at the scene. Photo: Kit
The witness said the explosion caused a
“chemical smell” but was surprised to hear of how serious
the man’s injuries were.
“His partner said he had just burnt his
foot a bit and then half-an-hour later I heard them leave in
the car,” she said.
The man and his partner have lived in the
home for about a year and it is understood their
one-year-old daughter was home at the time of the explosion.
Nearby resident Corvette Bright also ran
outside after hearing the explosion and said it was so loud
she thought it was her own garage.
Neighbour Corvette Bright heard
the man screaming after the explosion. Photo:
“He was screaming really loud so my
partner and I asked if he was OK and the lady said he was
fine and that he had just burnt himself,” she said.
“There was a small fire which the woman
put out but we could tell something wasn’t right because he
kept on saying not to call the cops.”