Two men seriously burnt in hot tar explosion

Two men have suffered serious burns after a barrel of hot tar exploded at a rural property south of Gympie.

One of the men was flown to a Brisbane hospital with burns to his hand, leg and airway.

The other was taken to the Sunshine Coast hospital with burns to his hand and leg.

Both are in a serious but stable condition.

Firefighters were called to the Tuchekoi property on Sunday afternoon and put out the fire before it could do any structural damage.

More to come.