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'Moron' who lit flare in for shock, says promoter

WHEN a young male fan smuggled flares into the Soundwave music festival at Homebush, then ignited them at two different stages, he had no idea his fellow fans would fail to share his enthusiasm for pyrotechnics.

Soundwave promoter A. J. Maddah - not a man to be messed with in good times, just ask Joel Madden or Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, both of whom publicly have felt Maddah's wrath of late - says the ''moron'' who set off the flares on Sunday night is about to be handed over to police.

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Soundwave flare: doubts over 'disfigured' girl'

Police, ambulance and a special burns hospital know nothing of a girl badly burned by a flare at Soundwave music festival.

''There were 75,000 people at what was a great show and it took one dickhead to ruin the day for everyone,'' Maddah said.

''Thanks to smartphones, we've had at least a dozen people send us photos of this moron's face and his name and details. But just to demonstrate his complete stupidity he's gone home and bragged about it on Facebook.

''We'll be passing all those details onto police.

''Soundwave is such a strong community that people help each other out more than security or event staff can.''


Initial reports made by other media yesterday that a girl had been so badly burnt by one of the flares that she had undergone emergency surgery appear to be incorrect.

Fairfax Media contacted Concord Hospital, the nearest hospital with a burns unit. But the hospital had no record of such a patient. St Johns Ambulance did, however, say three people were treated for minor burns, who then returned to watch the festival.

Maddah's own Twitter feed was an early source of the reports. Late on Sunday night he tweeted that a girl had been ''disfigured'' by a flare.

''I was really upset, I was losing my mind through tiredness and I was told those things burn at 180 degrees and that if it touched anyone it would disfigure them. Thankfully I was wrong about it. We've heard that she's OK and had a few stitches.''

Maddah says Soundwave security staff would receive training to identify and confiscate flares before the three further festivals.