Two hurt on New Zealand Hobbit set
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit has suffered a minor setback, after two people were injured during an "explosion" on set.
Emergency services were called to the Stone Street Studios in Wellington, New Zealand, co-owned by the Oscar-winning producer, as a result of an "industrial explosion", the New Zealand Herald reports.
Two crew members suffered burns, one to the face while the other had burns on the hands.
The Hobbit unit publicist Ceris Price said calling the incident an explosion was a "slight overstatement", and no fire was caused by the mishap.
She said the incident occurred in one of the workshops when "a couple of the guys" were drilling a statue, and the pair were left with "mild burns but nothing serious" and 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," she added.
Martin Freeman stars as the titular character in the two-part Lord Of The Rings prequel, alongside Sir Ian McKellan, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood.