float's lights caused 'short-term' eye problems for crew
Several crewmembers on a carnival float at last weekend's Bridgwater
Carnival suffered 'minor, short-term effects' to their eyes after
the entry reportedly used UV bulbs.
Several people needed medical treatment after the entry called
'Halloween in Deadman's Hollow' run by Ramblers Carnival Club used
the wrong type of bulbs in their display.
They received treatment for 'arc eye', a condition which is caused
by exposure to bright UV light - although no-one in the crowd is
known to hace been affected.
The float was part of Monday's Burnham-On-Sea
Carnival where there were no problems as the technical issue
had been "rectified."
Paul Webber, secretary of Ramblers Carnival Club, blamed the weather
for the problem on their float.
He said: "Ramblers Carnival Club would like to acknowledge
that during the Bridgwater Carnival Procession on Saturday November
4th, there were some technical issues, due to adverse weather conditions,
causing damage to some lighting."
"These technical issues, once identified, were immediately
rectified and alternative technology is now in use."
"These issues did cause some minor, short-term effects to
the cart personnel, but we are happy to confirm that there are no
"We would like to thank all those involved with carnival for
their concerns and support and wish you all luck in the remaining
"The club would now like to consider the matter closed and
will not be answering any further questions."
Joanne Rich, whose father was injured, wrote online: "Spent
a few hours at Musgrove with my dad Ian Fudge after the carnival
the lights on the cart got wet and burnt his eyes. Never seen someone
in such a state. He's had some injections in his eyes to ease the
pain and eyedrops. Bloody awful."
The float was part of the display at Monday's
Burnham-On-Sea Carnival and Friday's Weston Carnival.