Watch horror moment football fan blows hand off while lighting a flare – The Sun
20th September 2019
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A FOOTBALL fan has sickeningly lost his HAND after trying to light a flare in support of his team.

Around 50 diehard Athletico Paranaense supporters went to the airport to send their team off – with some waving flags and others cheering.

One fan even brought a flare – but as he went to light it, it explodes in his hand.

In the horrifying clip, his hand can be seen looking like something out of a horror film after the blast left it a mangled wreck.

The fan has been identified by locals as Wesley Pontes – well-known as a keen supporter of Athletico.

Pontes was amongst the 50-strong group of fans giving their stars a heroes' send-off ahead of the 2019 Copa do Brasil final second-leg against Internacional.

Athletico had won the first-leg 1-0 at home and travelled 500 miles south to the Porto Alegre region for the all-important away game.

I thought it was a bomb because of the noise it produced.

But before the team had even got off the bus at the airport – a loud bang was heard and one blood-spattered fan was left in shock as he looked down at his injured hand.

The man staggers around apparently not knowing what to do until a policeman performs a tourniquet to stop the bleeding until emergency services arrive.

Local journalist and eyewitness Juliano Lorenz Oscar said: “My first impression was that it was a bomb because of the noise it produced.”

The man can be seen staggering around – clearly too much in shock to know what to do.

Eventually, a policeman performs a tourniquet to stop the bleeding until emergency services arrive.

Pontes was rushed to a nearby hospital but media report the remaining part of his left hand was amputated due to the injuries.

After the incident, Pontes was seen in a video saying: “Tomorrow I have another surgery and we are in the fight, guys. Just bring us the cup.”

Athletico Paranaense won the match 2-1 to be crowned champions following the 3-1 aggregate victory.

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