1 killed, 10 injured after firework hits crowd in Russia (VIDEOS)
Following a full day of festivities to mark the City Day of Dzerzhinsk in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, at 11:00pm people flocked to the city center to witness a majestic display of fireworks.
As the sky exploded into color, one of the charges landed in the crowd of spectators exploding on impact. According to Life.ru, the explosion claimed the life of a local woman. Another ten people were injured with burns and were taken to a local hospital.
Several videos documenting the horrific accident were posted online, with many social media users blaming the authorities for failing to adhere to safety regulations when organizing the firework show.
As authorities investigate the circumstances of the tragedy local witnesses came out with two versions of the event.
“This firework was launched by one of the onlookers,” one witness told Russian Tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda. “The fireworks went straight into the crowd and exploded. The people immediately panicked, starting a stampede.”
Another witness however described a different scenario, wherein an undetonated rocket fell into the crowd during the grand firework finale. On impact it caused a “powerful explosion.”