PUHI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A metal yard worker from Kauai is recovering after an explosion left him with severe burns Friday morning.
Officials with the Kauai Fire Department said the Puhi Metals Recycling Facility employee was operating an excavator shearer around 8:30 a.m. when it happened.
He was working on a metal box measuring approximately 5-feet by 3-feet long when the box ruptured and exploded. Officials said the man jumped off the excavator to safety and a fire ignited.
Residents reported hearing the blast and seeing smoke from the Puhi facility, and firefighters were dispatched to the scene.
KFD used dry chemical extinguishers to put out the flames.
Officials added the man suffered severe burns to his arms and torso, and he was rushed to Wilcox Memorial Hospital. Saturday morning, officials said the man was flown to Oahu for treatment, and remains hospitalized.
It's not known what might have caused the explosion, but the incident is being investigated.
Puhi Metals closed for the remainder of Friday, but reopened on Saturday.