Added by Monique Robinson on May 25, 2011
Two men involved in the production of the Hobbit movie were taken to hospital after an “explosion” at the studios in Wellington, New Zealand, where the movie is being filmed.
According to New Zealand Fire Service spokesman, David Meikle, the fire department was called out to Stone Street Studios in the Wellington suburb of Miramar on Tuesday at 11.24 am local time.
Meikle said that two men were treated at the scene and were later taken to hospital by ambulance.
Ceris Price, the Hobbit unit publicist, told media that the two men had suffered “mild burns but nothing serious”, and that they were taken to hospital as a precaution.
“One of them had some burnt nostril hairs and, apparently if that’s the case, there is always the risk of inhalation so they get checked out,” said Ms price.
She explained that the incident took place when “a couple of the guys” were drilling a statue in one of the workshops.
Ms Price called it a “slight overstatement” to term the incident an explosion. No fire was caused by the incident.