Shocking Footage Shows The Carnival Fireworks Explosion In France That Left 30 Injured
At least 30 people are reported injured, including four critically, after a fireworks explosion at a carnival in France.
The incident happened when a 'Bengal Fire' display exploded into the crowd at the carnival near Paris earlier today.
Screaming spectators were thrown to the ground at the event, about 11 miles from the centre, close to Charles De Gaulle airport.
Watch a video of the incident here...
*Warning some viewers may find the footage distressing*
The effigy seen in the video is made of wood and straw. It was suppose to set on fire as part of the display but something went wrong, causing the explosion.
One man told Le Parisien there was panic, and he saw "a man with a broken arm, a child with blood on his face, people running around to find their children".
Another witness said: "The kid was screaming and covered in blood.
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"To begin with, everyone thought the explosion was planned, then we realised something had gone terribly wrong.
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"Bits of the guy and other debris flew towards us in every direction, like spears.
"The bits of wood were burning hot."
A 'Bengal Fire' is meant to involve lots of well-controlled flares lighting up a building or - in this case - the guy.
The family festival was organised to celebrate, with people asked to come dressed in yellow, to create a good mood.
A spokesman for the mayor Martine Valleton said: "It's an unforeseeable accident."
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