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France: several injured after carnival blast


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France: several injured after carnival blast

At least 15 adults and three children between the ages of two and 14 were injured when a bonfire exploded at a carnival in Villepinte, north-east of Paris.

The accidental blast occured at the end of the Yellow Carnival and was reportedly caused by a Bengal Light firework. Five of the injured, including one child are said to be in a serious but not life-threatening condition.

The incident happened at 5.30pm local time, just before a traditional parade for children. The town’s mayor was treated for leg injuries caused by projectiles from the explosion. 130 firemen were quickly on hand to help the injured, their spokesperson explained:“These are mainly injuries to the face and lower limbs related to the projection of materials as well as some tinnitus.”