Man admits blowing up home

Joseph Bulmer

Accused pleads guilty to causing massive Trinity Street gas explosion

A MAN has admitted causing a massive gas explosion that rocked a quiet Barnstaple residential street.

Oliver Moon, 23, pleaded guilty to arson, recklessly endangering life, at Exeter Crown Court on Friday.

The Trinity Street house was all but destroyed by the early morning blast in November last year.

In a scene described by residents as “absolute carnage”, debris was scattered over a radius of several hundred yards and many nearby properties were damaged, some with roofs pierced by shards of timber.

Neighbours and passers-by rushed to help Moon and Barnstaple saxophonist Michael Collins, who was also badly injured in the blast.

The case has been adjourned for psychiatric reports to be completed. A date has yet to be set for sentencing.

Detective Constable Smith, an officer involved with the case said: “This was a very serious incident which could have resulted in many more people getting hurt.

“It has had a serious impact on the local residents who will be glad and reassured with this closure.

“Mr Collins who was hurt in the explosion is making a good recovery and is being supported by our partner agencies.”