Tamworth police are investigating the circumstances surrounding an explosion which seriously injured a teenager in the early hours of Wednesday.
The 17-year-old suffered second degree burns to a significant part of his body, including his face and legs, police said.
He was taken by friends to Tamworth hospital early on Wednesday morning before investigators were alerted.
Police have been told the boy was injured after an aerosol can exploded.
The incident, believed to have been an accident that occurred on vacant land off Wallamore Rd, is still under investigation by police.
The boy was flown to the specialist burns unit at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney on Wednesday morning.
Police said he remained in a serious condition late on Wednesday.
A Tamworth teenager has been flown to a Sydney hospital with burns after an aerosol can exploded.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter transferred the 17-year-old boy to the Royal North Shore Hospital earlier this morning.
Helicopter staff said the can exploded, causing burns to the boy’s face and legs.
It is not known how the incident occurred.