Nitro Circus star Jackson Strong turns bang into blood

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LOCKHART’S motocross star Jackson Strong is one of two men seriously hurt in an explosion at his home.

Mr Strong’s father, Lynton, confirmed his son had been hurt in a New Year’s Day blast.

Ambulance media said paramedics responded to reports of a fireworks explosion at Lockhart about 12.10am yesterday.

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 with the caption “about to get airlifted to Sydney home-made fireworks are mad #luckytobealive”.

“His left leg around his thigh is the worst part,” a worried Lynton Strong said from Lockhart.

“He will pull through, no worries at all.”

Jackson Strong was flown to Wagga by helicopter yesterday morning and then after treatment at the base hospital was flown by air ambulance 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 from Lockhart, who was celebrating the new year with him.

Wagga Inspector Peter Robertson, said the cause of the explosion was still being investigated but it may have been the result of an attempt to drill into an acetylene bottle.

“At the scene, police found a cordless drill and an acetylene bottle that had exploded,” Insp Robertson said.

Crime scene police conducted investigations at the property yesterday.

Ambulance media said the second injured man was 20, but a spokeswoman for Murrumbidgee Local Health District said it was believed he was 28.

He is being treated in Wagga Base Hospital and was reported to be in a stable condition yesterday afternoon.

It is believed the incident happened on Mr Strong’s family property on Strong’s Lane.

Jackson Strong’s mother, Mandy, is beside her son’s hospital bed.

She did not want to comment on the incident.

“At this stage we don’t want to make any comment, perhaps tomorrow or the next day we will,” Mrs Strong said.

Mrs Strong said she hoped her son would make a full recovery, but she was still waiting on advice from doctors.

Mrs Strong did not want to talk about the cause of the explosion.

“No, not at this stage; perhaps in a couple of days when I talk to him and see where he wants to go with that one,” she said.

A spokeswoman for St George Hospital said Mr Strong was in a stable condition yesterday afternoon with eye, chest and leg injuries.

Jackson Strong is a two-time X Games gold medallist, star of Nitro Circus motocross troupe and former Crusty Demon who has taken the world by storm.

He has been preparing at Lockhart for a movie based on his life.

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