Movie blast burn victim files claim for $30 million

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Fran Clader, spokeswoman for the state Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, which is reviewing the claim on behalf of the State Fire Marshal, said the agency had 45 days to make a decision. “They’ll look it over and make a determination on it,” she said. “If there is no action and the claim is rejected, that will allow the claimant to file a lawsuit.” According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, the incident occurred about 2:30 p.m., after a stunt test – in which a sport utility vehicle explodes on impact from a rocket – failed. “They went in to disarm the (SUV), then they were going to move it,” said Hugh Council, chief of operations with the State Fire Marshal’s office. “When the forklift came to lift it, it detonated.” Wheatley, who was standing near the vehicle, was burned and taken to the hospital. Council said the investigation has wrapped up, but declined to discuss it in detail, citing potential litigation. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AGUA DULCE – A Moorpark man who said he suffered severe burns on the set of “Mission: Impossible III” is part of a $30 million claim against the county and city of Los Angeles and the State Fire Marshal’s office. According to the claim filed Dec. 6, Scott Wheatley of Moorpark was burned on more than 60 percent of his body in an explosion during a June 6 stunt shoot at SOS Film Works/Agua Dulce Movie Ranch property on Peterson Road. Wheatley and his wife, Mary Wheatley, each are seeking $15 million from the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the city and county, for suffering, emotional distress, medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. Both claimants allege negligence by the three agencies in their supervision and permitting of the incident. The Wheatleys referred questions to their attorney, who did not return calls for comment. last_img read more