Kent

Paul Heddell jailed over explosives breach after woman hurt

A man has been given a six-month jail term for storing explosives illegally after one detonated in a woman's hand.

Paul Heddell, from Norfolk, trading as PDH Enterprises, admitted breaching explosives laws and health and safety laws in July at Canterbury Crown Court.

He was given a six-month prison term to run concurrently with a sentence he is already serving for a firearm offence.

Sarah Bluck was injured at the War and Peace Revival Show in Folkestone, Kent, in 2013.

Kent County Council trading standards manager Mark Rolfe said Heddell, of Bradcar Road, had faced charges of storing about 73kg of explosives without a licence and failing in his duty of care to protect others from harm.

Mr Rolfe said Ms Bluck was injured after she bought what she believed to be a decommissioned pyrotechnic thunder flash from Heddell.

He said it removed the top of her finger and caused burns when it exploded.

After the explosion, Ms Bluck, a military enthusiast from Sheerness, said she was buying four empty grenade casings to add to her military collection, but realised too late that one of them was a loaded stun grenade which went off as she inspected it.

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