Tar Barrels explosion: Face blast man's burns 'were like something out of a horror film'

THE Ottery man who took the brunt of a Tar Barrels explosion in his face has backed the tradition he loves- and urged the public to help find the idiot whose actions left his face looking like something out of a horror film .

THE Ottery man who took the brunt of a Tar Barrels explosion in his face has backed the tradition he loves- and urged the public to help find the "idiot" whose actions left his face looking like "something out of a horror film".

Ian Chown, 23, is now recovering at home from first and second degree burns, but feared last Thursday he may be scarred for life after a night of fun turned to terror.

A police hunt is underway to find the "mindless moron" who threw an aerosol can into a lit barrel near the town's factory site.

Ian's head was engulfed in a fireball which came from the resulting blast last Thursday.


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Ian, 23, was rushed 80 miles to Bristol's Frenchay Hospital burns unit. It was initially feared his injuries were so bad he would need plastic surgery.

After a 20-hour hospital stay, Ian was told by medics his burns are superficial, and he is hopeful of making a full recovery.

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He told the Herald while recovering at home today:

"I just want to get better-and let the barrels carry on. It's an awesome tradition and I don't want it ruined by some thoughtless idiot."

Read more of Ian's story in this Friday's Ottery Herald.

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