Girl, 5, has arm blown off after dad sparks gas barrel explosion with angle grinder in Germany – The Sun
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD girl had her arm blown off in a freak accident in Germany after her dad sparked a gas barrel explosion with an angle grinder.
The girl's 39-year-old mum was also injured in the blast which took place in an allotment garden in Hamelin, Lower Saxony on Saturday.
The girl's father and another man were using the angle grinder to cut open a petrol barrel.
Police said that the men failed to check if there was any fuel remaining inside the barrel.
Once they cut through the metal, sparks flew from the grinder which ignited the remaining petrol.
The gases exploded, launching the barrel's lid at the youngster and taking off her arm, NDR 1 Lower Saxony reported.
Two air ambulances attended and took the girl and her mother to hospital where both are in a critical condition.
The two men escaped with minor injuries. One was taken to hospital by ambulance for blast trauma.
According to German broadcaster Radio-Aktiv, two rescue helicopters, several ambulances and a large number of rescue workers were initially deployed due to early confusion over the incident.
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