This is the terrifying moment a man turned his father into a human fireball in a prank gone wrong.
Luke Goldsmith, 20, shot at an aerosol can next to an open flame with an air gun, while his father Clive, 51, perched on a bench above it.
Luke and his father had been shooting cans, known as plinking, in the family’s back garden in Maesteg, Wales. But, for added danger, they had chosen full cans of aerosol and put them next to a candle.
Clive’s entire body was engulfed with flames but he managed to escape serious injury and was left with blisters and burns to his arm and shoulder.
Luke said his father was unaware of the potential bomb below him and so he shot the canister as a prank.
But the footage shows Clive seemingly pointing at the can below him and grinning, moments before the explosion.
As Luke shoots the can, a terrifying giant fireball engulfs Clive, with flames seemingly engulfing his entire body momentarily.
Clive leaps out of his seat in panic and bats himself down while Luke howls with laughter.
Clive was left with burns to his left arm and shoulder and he later went to hospital. He was in bandages for a month afterwards.
After a few days, the burns blistered and started to become infected.
Clive Goldsmith, 51, was engulfed in flame as he sat enjoying a can of lager and smoking a cigarette in the warm weather
Clive was also warned by hospital staff that he could have contracted sepsis from the prank – though he avoided a serious infection.
Luke said: ‘Dad was so shocked. He’s definitely lucky. He leapt up to escape the fire and although he had a couple of burns, he thought nothing of it.
‘After a few days the burns started to blister on his arm.
He leapt out of his chair in panic and managed to avoid serious injury. However, Clive was left with burns to his left arm and shoulder and he later went to hospital. He was in bandages for a month afterwards
‘When he went to the doctor, he told my dad he could have developed sepsis because the wounds were becoming infected.
‘He was also in hospital for a day to have some tests done. Luckily he didn’t have an infection.
‘He was in bandages for a month afterwards. He’s only just had them off.’
Luke says he now lives in fear that his dad is plotting his revenge for the prank.
In the terrifying footage, the 51-year-old was completely engulfed in flame, with his son Luke having shot at an aerosol can next to a candle
Remembering the lead-up to the shocking explosion, Luke said they had been enjoying the warm weather when they decided to do some shooting.
Luke said: ‘We were literally just shooting cans in the back garden with a pellet gun. He went inside and didn’t realise he’d left one there so I decided not to tell him.
‘When he came back outside and sat on the bench with a can of beer, he hadn’t realised there was a can left and the candle was still lit.
Clive was told by doctors that he was at risk of infection or even sepsis but he escaped serious infection. Luke admits he’s worried his father will get him back for the prank
‘I followed him out and as soon as he noticed me, I shot the gun at the can and it blew up – making a huge ball of fire. I did it well.
‘I don’t think he had time to react, then he went into shock. He didn’t swear or anything -just leapt from his seat.
‘He was pretty angry at first but also found it funny – he was laughing. I like to think he won’t be plotting his revenge as we speak, but I’m sure he’ll try and get his own back.’