Ottery tar barrels explosion victim: 'Don't destroy great tradition'

PUBLISHED: 16:41 10 November 2009 | UPDATED: 00:32 16 June 2010

Oliver Osborne is recovering after the Ottery tar barrel explosion

Oliver Osborne is recovering after the Ottery tar barrel explosion

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ONE of the victims of last week s Ottery tar barrel explosion says he hopes the mindlessness of one individual will not destroy the great tradition. Oliver Osborne, 23, from Taunton, was about a metre-and-a-half away from the tar barrel when an aerosol canister was thrown into the burning drum

ONE of the victims of last week's Ottery tar barrel explosion says he hopes the "mindlessness" of one individual will not destroy the great tradition.

Oliver Osborne, 23, from Taunton, was about a metre-and-a-half away from the tar barrel when an aerosol canister was thrown into the burning drum.

The ferocity of the explosion knocked Oliver off his feet and the blast caught the left side of his face, burning his nose, cheek, ear and forehead.

He suffered first degree burns and lost three of four layers of his skin but fortunately doctors say the injuries should heal without scarring.

Oliver, who was a first-time visitor to tar barrels, said: "I hope this particular incident doesn't take the focus off an event which has been around for 400 years. I would never want to put future events in jeopardy. It's not the nature of the event that's at fault- it's the mindlessness of the person..


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