- The two performers were ‘blown up’ in Audley End House in Saffron Walden
- Both individuals were taken to hospital with ‘non-life-threatening injuries’
- Two other re-enactors were also taken to hospital and treated with shock
- An investigation is underway to determine the cause of yesterday’s blast
Two Second World War re-enactors were ‘blown up’ during a bank holiday Monday battle demonstration.
The botched stunt during a battle scene was witnessed by shocked spectators at Audley End House in Saffron Walden shortly before 1pm.
Two ambulances and a rapid response vehicle attended the scene, with the performers being taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge with non-life-threatening injuries.
Two World War II re-enactors were injured in an explosion at Audley End House in Saffron Walden during a Bank Holiday festival at the stately home in Essex on Monday
Two ambulances treated the injured men and removed them to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the explosion
The incident happened during a family day at Audley End House in Saffron Walden
A further two performers were also taken to hospital after suffering from shock but were later discharged.
Concerned spectators took to social media to share their accounts of the accident. Nicola Crowl wrote: ‘Controlled explosives at Audley End House and someone legit just got blown up.’
Audley End House had told visitors attending the event to ‘get ready to take cover as this explosive action-packed bank holiday weekend propels you into wartime Britain’, adding that they would be ‘blown away at the spectacle of the explosive wartime assault’.
Re-enactors dressed in wartime gear for the event – but two (not pictured) were rushed to hospital
Dozens of people wore period costumes to the event at the stately home in Essex
None of the many families attending the day out were injured during the dramatic incident
In a statement, a spokesperson for English Heritage said: ‘All the events at Audley End are subject to risk assessment and safety controls are in place – a full review into this incident is now under way.
‘Audley End House remained open to the public although events within the main arena were cancelled.’
Jamie Osbourne, general manager at Audley End House, said: ‘Our thoughts are with those injured and I’d like to thank the ambulance services for all their help.
‘With all of our events but especially an event of this nature, we have strict safety controls in place but clearly something went wrong and we are investigating what happened.’
Audley End House remained opened to the public after the incident although the main arena ceased operation
Management at the stately home are investigating the cause of yesterday’s incident