Shane Cole, 21, who lives in a community home, admitted charges of arson and of reckless damage at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday.
He told police: 'I threw the match down and some plastic started burning. Instead of trying to put it out, I panicked and ran. Something started to explode so I warned the fire brigade because I didn't want anyone to get injured.'
Judge William Thomas told Cole he was impressed by the reports on him and realised he had 'special difficulties'. The judge said that he would receive a 'substantial prison sentence' if he reoffended.Reuse content