Bonfire explosion at French carnival: 18 hurt

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Hundreds of people had gathered for the annual spring carnival in Villepinte on Saturday and were getting ready to watch its climactic event – the lighting of the bonfire.

But the sudden explosion caused huge panic and some onlookers were hit by chunks of burning debris as they tried to escape the scene.

An accidental explosion in a bonfire on Saturday at a town fair north of Paris injured 18 people, including three children, as the festive spring event turned into chaos, authorities said. UGC APTN. Mandatory on-screen credit to Sylla Mohammed
Image:The cause of the blast was accidental, authorities said

Fire officials said the gasoline used to light the fire was apparently mishandled, prompting the blast.

Five of those injured were taken to hospital with serious injuries, but officials said their lives were not in danger.

Officials said the explosion was found to be accidental, adding there were no signs of arson or terrorism.

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