A FIRE chief has warned of the dangers of waste materials after a scrap yard explosion left a man with severe burns.
The casualty, who has not been named, was cutting an old diesel tank up with a blow torch in Garden City when the blast happened shortly after 9.50am on Sunday.
The tank had another chemical stored inside it and the heat from the blow torch ignited the chemical.
He was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital suffering 20% burns to his back, head and hands.
The explosion, on land behind Mike's Tyres on Welsh Road, was so loud it could be heard around the Deeside area.
No equipment was used by the fire and rescue service as the explosion had put the fire out.
Now Ian Williams, county operations manager is warning companies to take care.
He said: 'Companies often buy old tanks and they don't know what has been stored in them previously.
'We are advising everyone who buys waste scrap materials to seek advice from the fire and rescue service before starting cutting any of them up with blow torches as certain chemical can react with the heat and the consequences could be devastating.'