Sunday 24 September 2017

'My initial thought was the whole train would blow up' - man left with burn injuries after fireball explosion

Peter Crowley was left with charring on his head following the explosion this morning (Image via Twitter)
Peter Crowley was left with charring on his head following the explosion this morning (Image via Twitter)
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A man injured in the explosion described the moment a fireball engulfed a London train, charring his head and leaving him in fear the entire vehicle would "blow up".

"Everyone ran off the Tube. It was panic stations - my initial thought was that the whole train would blow up," Peter Crowley told local radio.

"I saw passengers with facial burns, they had been exposed to a very, very hot fire for a nano second, it was lucky doors were open because everyone just got off the Tube.

"It was a terrifying experience, I am lucky I got away with just a bit of charred hair."

"I would personally say roughly about 20 who had physical injuries, a lot of people who were shaken by the incident.

"I wasn't aware of the bag, I tend to keep myself to myself, I was side on to where I believe the incident happened.

"That side of my hair is charred."

Police officers walk on the road near Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
Police officers walk on the road near Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
Members of the emergency services work near Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
Armed police officers walk through a carriage of a London underground tube train at Parsons Green station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Armed police officers walk through a carriage of a London underground tube train at Parsons Green station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A Metro.co.uk reporter at the scene was quoted by the paper as saying that a white container exploded on the train and passengers had suffered facial burns.
Armed British police officers stand on duty outside Parsons Green underground tube station in west London on September 15, 2017, following an incident on an underground tube carriage at the station.
An injured woman reacts outside Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
A woman reacts outside Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
emergency services attending an incident at Parsons Green station in west London amid reports of an explosion. James Treen/PA Wire
Emergency services attending an incident at Parsons Green station in west London amid reports of an explosion. James Treen/PA Wire
Emergency services attending an incident at Parsons Green station in west London amid reports of an explosion. James Treen/PA Wire
People speak with a police officer outside Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
Emergency services attending an incident at Parsons Green station in west London amid reports of an explosion Richard Aylmer-Hall/PA Wire
Emergency services attending an incident at Parsons Green station in west London amid reports of an explosion. Richard Aylmer-Hall/PA Wire

While the incident has been declared a terrorist incident by police Mr Crowley initially said he didn't "believe it was a terrorist attack, there was a lot [of] powder as if it was a high pressure tube that had some coating on it", he said.

The explosion occurred around 8.20am this morning on the packed commuter train at Parsons Green station.

A major investigation is underway and Prime Minister Theresa May is returning to Downing Street.

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