Nitro Circus' Jackson Strong injured in fireworks explosion

Original source: The Daily Advertiser

Lockhart's motocross star Jackson Strong is one of two men seriously hurt in a fireworks explosion at his home.

Details of the incident are still being gathered, but Mr Strong's father, Lyndon, confirmed his son had been hurt in a New Year's fireworks blast.

Strong has made an international name for himself in the daring motocross arena, rising from performing at the Lockhart Show as a youth to bagging swags of medals on the international stage.

PHOTOS: Jackson Strong in action

Strong, the reigning X Games Best Trick gold medalist, has ridden for Nitro Circus and most recently performed in Wagga as part of the Nitro Circus regional tour.

Ambulance media said paramedics responded to reports of a fireworks explosion on Milbrulong Road about 12.10am today.

A spokeswoman said two patients were taken to Wagga Base Hospital.

Jackson Strong, 22, is reported to be the more seriously hurt.

He suffered a serious leg injury as well as chest and facial injuries.

Pictures of Mr Strong's facial injuries have been posted on his website www.jackostrong.com.

"His left leg around his thigh is the worst part," a worried Lyndon Strong said.

"He will pull through, no worries at all." 

He was flown into Wagga by helicopter and then after treatment at the base hospital was flown by plane to Sydney where he was admitted to the burns unit of St George Hospital.

A second man suffered a lower leg wound.

He is believed to be a good friend of Mr Jackson and was celebrating the new year with him.

Ambulance media said he was a 20-year-old, but a spokeswoman for Murrumbidgee Local Health District said it was believed he was 28.

He is being treated in Wagga Base Hospital and is in a stable condition.

It is believed the incident happened on Mr Strong's family property, where he regularly spends time and has filmed for a documentary, Headstrong.

In 2012, Strong became the first Australian to win back-to-back gold medals in the X Games Moto Best Trick category after creating history with the first-ever front-slip in competition and unveiling a body varial, The Jack.

Lockhart Shire Council did not have a fireworks display for New Year's Eve.

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