Bizarre "Fireballs" festival kicks off in El Salvador

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The annual “Las Bolas de Fuego” (“Fireballs”) festival kicked off in the city of Nejapa, El Salvador, Monday. Two teams of young men with their faces covered by paint and clothes soaked in water threw balls of fire made of rags, wire and petrol at one other. The "Fireball" festival started in 1922, reportedly after an eruption of the San Salvador volcano when people of Nejapa and the surrounding area were forced to evacuate. The event is devoted to a statue of the patron saint Saint Jeronimo who was believed to fight the devil with fireballs to protect the locals. Hundreds of people come to Nepaja to see the festival every year.