Man loses hand in horror fireworks explosion which blew roof off his mum’s house

A man blew off his hand and the roof of his family's home when he accidentally set off industrial fireworks in his bedroom.

Paul Carr was left in an induced coma after starting a fire that destroyed his attic room while his mum and eight-year-old cousin were downstairs.

The then 25-year-old lost his right hand completely and the index finger and thumb on his left hand in the horrific explosion.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Carr told a paramedic he had been "grinding industrial fireworks to be turned into gunpowder".

But he later admitted his guilt on the basis he was trying to combine two fireworks into a single device for a more spectacular blast.

The devastating explosion happened at Carr's house in Anfield Road, Anfield at around 5.15pm, on September 12, 2017, the Echo reports.

Carr denied causing an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property and was set to stand trial last March.

The trial was relisted for January because of the coronavirus pandemic and a week before this he changed his plea to guilty.

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Mr Duffy said the now 28-year-old had five previous convictions for nine offences, none of which were directly relevant.

Judge Denis Watson, QC, said at the time Carr was in full-time work at a building site in Manchester.

He said: "For reasons which are hard to fathom you decided to meddle with some large display or industrial fireworks.

"It seems your intention was to make a larger one for a more spectacular effect.

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"From what you said to the paramedics, you were in the process of dismantling one or two fireworks, using some sort of blender or grinder to do so."

The judge said the risks of fireworks were "obvious" because "explosions even from a distance are significant".

He said: "You blew off the roof of your parent's home and of course there were members of your family at home."

The judge added: "You risked injury to and the life of your parents, family and neighbours and caused serious injury to yourself."

However, Judge Watson said not only was it an "unintentional explosion", but "it was never intended that this should be detonated in a way to cause harm to anybody, or cause damage to anything".

He said: "Everybody else, the landlord, your family and neighbours all appear to have accepted this was unintentional."

Judge Watson sentenced Carr to 20 months in prison, suspended for two years, with a 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

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