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Bonfire explodes in Taranto, there are injuries, including children

2023-03-19T21:50:28.127Z


A strong explosion occurred during the lighting of a bonfire illegally organized on the street on the occasion of Saint Joseph's day in via Grazia Deledda, in the Tamburi district of Taranto. (HANDLE)


A strong explosion occurred during the lighting of a bonfire illegally organized on the street on the occasion of Saint Joseph's day in via Grazia Deledda, in the Tamburi district of Taranto.

Several people, including some minors, were injured.

Three were transported with 118 ambulances to the Santissima Annunziata hospital, one in red code and two in yellow code.

Among these is a little girl who, according to ASL sources, was treated with some stitches.

The explosion would have been a petrol can left too close to the flames.

At least five other people in addition to the little girl later went to the hospital to be treated.

In the emergency room there were moments of tension also due to the presence of relatives who crowded the access points.

For this reason, the intervention of police and carabinieri patrols was necessary.

Following the explosion, the stacked material, including wooden doors, was thrown tens of meters away, overwhelming some of those present.

The bonfire had been organized illegally for St. Joseph's Day, a habit that in recent days the local police had somehow tried to discourage with various interventions.

There are also some videos circulating on social networks documenting the moment of the explosion, which could have been caused by a petrol tank carelessly left among the piled up material.

The screams of the injured people are also clearly heard.

The police are collecting information to shed full light on what happened and clarify responsibilities. 

Source: ansa

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