Cockroach Bomb Explosion - Rockdale

Published: 19 Feb 2022 04:10pm

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews have determined a cockroach bomb was the cause of a unit explosion yesterday at Rockdale in Sydney's south.

The small blast occurred in Frederick Street just after 4pm yesterday, blowing the unit's doors off their hinges and damaging cupboards.

The explosion also shattered all the windows in the apartment.

The occupant of the unit was transported to hospital with minor injuries. Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) issued a warning following this incident, saying that incorrect use can result in these types of explosions. “These items need to be used according to the manufacturer's specifications"

Which include, removing any clothing items, food and food utensils, removing all pets and plants, covering fish tanks and above all, ensuring that all sources of ignition like candles, pilot lights and gas flames are turned off prior to use.”

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm

listView more incidents

Related Tweets

Related safety topics

Cooking fire safety

The leading cause of home fires in NSW is leaving cooking unattended.

High-rise fire safety

The best way to keep you and your family safe is to prevent fires from occurring and know what to do in case of a fire.

Details about this incident may change and should not be used as emergency information and/or advice.

For all life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000)

For flood information, warnings or requests for non-life threatening assistance, call the SES on 132 500 or visit the NSW State Emergency Service website here. [external link].

For information directly relating to bushfires please call the Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737 or visit the NSW Rural Fire Service Website here. [external link]

Stations nearby

KOGARAH Fire Station

26 Gray Street, Kogarah NSW 2217

ARNCLIFFE Fire Station

100-106 West Botany Street, Arncliffe NSW 2205


5-9 Butler Rd, Hurstville NSW 2220