Bowen man dies from explosion after police standoff

A 54-year-old Bowen man has died following an explosion and subsequent fire at a unit on Williams Street, Bowen yesterday.

Police attended the address to conduct a welfare check on a man and an explosion occurred inside the unit.

The 54-year-old man was taken to the Bowen hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Two police officers, a man and a woman received minor burns and were treated at the Bowen Hospital. The female officer was later airlifted to Townsville Hospital for assessment.

An emergency situation was declared as a precaution and was revoked at 10.15pm after the area was declared safe.
Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.