A man blew up his own house on his birthday because he was depressed at turning 50.
William Flindell filled his flat with gas and set it off with a lighter after spending the day drinking, a court heard.
The huge explosion ripped the windows out of his living room and showered bricks and debris across the street in Newport, South Wales.
Flindell escaped with his life, but lost the use of both hands in the blast, suffered burns to 58 per cent of his body and was kept in hospital for two months.
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