Parsons Green attack: ‘Legend’ who was injured and had hair burnt off in explosion went straight to work instead of hospital



A man injured in the Parsons Green explosion has been hailed a “legend” after he chose to go to work instead of hospital after the attack.

Peter Crowley was standing a short distance from an improvised explosive device when it detonated during rush hour on Friday morning, sending a “fireball” thought the carriage.

Instead of seeking treatment for his burnt head, Mr Crowley went straight to his job at a carpet shop nearby.

A number of people have taken to social media to praise him, describing him as a “trooper” and saying he “epitomises British resolve”.

One Twitter user said: “Peter Crowley epitomises British resolve! Someone tried to kill him at Parsons Green explosion but he still went to work!”

Another added: “Respect to Peter Crowley caught up in today’s terror attack in London who despite being injured including hair burnt went to work!!”

One said: “Peter Crowley u are a legend. Proper British stiff upper lip. Enjoy time with your family tonight, you deserve it.”

And another said: “That Peter Crowley is a little trooper. Working after being bombed! All Londoners should get their carpets from him to show support.”

Mr Crowley was leaning against the Tube door on his phone when the device was detonated on the packed Tube train.

In an interview with Sophie Raworth of the BBC, he described the “pandemonium” that came after the blast.

He said: “The train pulled up, doors opened, an explosion happened to the left of me against the doors which don’t open, not the platform ones.

“A fireball’s come over my head and panic set in. Everyone’s rushed from the Tube, it’s been complete pandemonium.

“I’ve heard a massive explosion which is like a pressurised sort of sound, like a deodorant can or a kettle exploding and I’ve turned, a fireball’s come up the top of the carriage.

“Literally [my] hair’s come out today.”

Mr Crowley’s badly singed hair (Nick Crowley)

After the incident images emerged from the scene showing what looks like a smouldering bucket on the train floor.

It is wrapped in a Lidl bag and appears to have flames coming from it.

Parsons Green tube station bag on fire

Mr Crowley said: “The worst gentleman I saw was being helped off the carriage by another couple of people, he had a puffer jacket, it had all melted on his back. He had burns across the front of his face.

“From what I see now I believe the flash came up from behind him over his head towards myself at the doorway.”

He added: “I’m shaken up now I’ve heard it was actually a planned explosion.

“Lucky I’ll go home and give my wife and kids a big cuddle tonight. [I’m] happy to be here.”

Parsons Green explosion incident on the Tube – In pictures

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Images emerged on social media of flames spilling from a bucket which appeared to be on the train

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Emergency services on the platform at Parsons Green

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An injured woman is assisted by a police officer close to Parsons Green station in west London after an explosion on a packed London Underground train

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Armed police stand by a cordon outside Parsons Green tube station

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Police, fire and ambulance crews descended on the station

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An injured woman is comforted outside the station

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Bomb disposal and armed police unitson the scene at Parsons Green

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Personal belonglongs and a bucket with an item on fire inside it, are seen on the floor of an underground train carriage at Parsons Green station

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Police with a woman after the incident at Parsons Green

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Nick Crowley shows his charred forehead following an explosion whilst on the Tube

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Armed British police officers walk through the carriage of a London underground tube carriage at Parsons Green underground tube station in west London

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Tube carriage and emergency services on the tracks after explosion

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Police and emergency services at Parsons Green Station following reports of an explosion on a tube train.

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An injured woman is led away after an incident at Parsons Green underground station in London

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Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley speaks to the media outside New Scotland Yard, London, after a terrorist incident was declared following a blast which sent a “fireball” and a “wall of flame” through a packed London Underground train

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A forensics officer on the platform at Parsons Green station in west London after Scotland Yard declared a terrorist incident following a blast which sent a “fireball” and a “wall of flame” through a packed London Underground train

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A tube train at Parsons Green station in west London after Scotland Yard declared a terrorist incident following a blast sent a “fireball” and a “wall of flame” through a packed London Underground train

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A police officer and a sniffer dog pictured near Parsons Green tube station

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View of emergency services on the tracks at Parsons Green

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Commuters were left traumatised by the incident

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Bomb disposal units rushed to the scene

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Crowds gather outside Parsons Green tube station

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A woman reacts outside Parsons Green tube station

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Emergency services tend to panicked commuters outside Parsons Green Tube station

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Images emerged of a bucket alight reportedly on the District Line train

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Fire crews, police and ambulance crews rushed to the scene

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Police vehicles line the street near Parsons Green tube station

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