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A MAN is dead following an explosion in a West Dubbo park in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Orana Local Area Command Duty Officer Inspector Scott Tanner said emergency services converged on Pioneer Park about 2.45am.

“An explosion of some description has occurred in the park,” he said.

“As a result of that explosion, a male person aged about 28 years old is unfortunately deceased.

“Police are still making inquiries around the circumstances of that explosion.

“We've heard there were possibly some other people present, however early indications are that it's misadventure, that there was no actual fight that took place, so we're just appealing for witnesses to contact police if they did see or hear anything.”

Asked about reports it was a home-made bomb that had exploded, Inspector Tanner said forensic experts were examining the scene.

“We also have a post-blast expert who will make that determination as soon as we find the material,” he said.

“We believe the man is a local. Police do know who the man is and relatives are being informed.”

The park was taped off on Thursday as officers continued their inquiries.

Inspector Tanner said police were expected to remain at the scene for some time, and a line search would take place to gather evidence.

A report would be prepared for the Coroner, Inspector Tanner said.

Inspector Tanner said there was nothing to suggest the incident was linked to a spate of crime and anti-social behaviour in the area in recent weeks.

“Early indications are this is something that's gone terribly wrong by misadventure,” he said.

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