Ottery tar barrels explosion victim shows his burns

PUBLISHED: 17:29 09 November 2009 | UPDATED: 00:31 16 June 2010

Jon Watling and his injured hand

Jon Watling and his injured hand

OTTERY tar barrels explosion victim Jon Watling, 23, today showed his burns as he recovered from the ordeal at home in Taunton.

OTTERY tar barrels explosion victim Jon Watling, 23, today showed his burns as he recovered from the ordeal at home in Taunton.

Jon was one of at least 12 people injured when someone threw an aerosol canister into a flaming tar barrel on Thursday night, causing a fierce explosion - which blew grown men off their feet.

Watching the event for the first time, Jon suffered bad burns to his left hand as he moved to protect his face and was knocked to the ground by the blast.

Jon told how the exploding barrel sent red hot tar into the crowd. His clothes caught fire and he had to roll around on the floor to put them out.

His left hand is very swollen and red. Blisters have now started to appear and burst. His face was not affected, but his dreadlocks were singed. He went to hospital on Friday morning for treatment and again the next day before reporting the incident to the police.

Jon has been signed off for a week from his job as a landscape gardener.


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