Sydney Chicken shop blast: owner charged

Flashback to the night of the explosion.

Flashback to the night of the explosion.
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Police have charged a Nandos chicken shop owner and his brother-in-law over an explosion at his Sydney business which caused the evacuation of about 1000 people and was felt up to five kilometres away.

Owner Stan Prsa, 49, and his brother-in-law David Djurovic, 37, were charged over the potent petrol explosion in Ultimo on February 4, which left Djurovic with critical burns and forced the evacuation of about 1000 people from nearby homes.

The chicken shop, part of a nine-storey commercial and residential building on Mountain Street, was completely destroyed in the blast and the damage was estimated to be about $3.5 million.

Police will allege Djurovic only meant to torch the shop but inadvertently caused the explosion when the fumes from the petrol he had spread ignited, gutting the shop and leaving him in a critical condition with burns to 63 per cent of his body. He was released from hospital a month ago.