Spectators Injured at Fireworks Show

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 12:18pm

HANGZHOU, CHINA — Nearly 100 spectators were injured during a fireworks display at the opening of the West Lake International Expo on Saturday in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou.

A scurry of fireworks, which organizers billed as low-altitude and low-pollution, fell into the audience standing by the Grand Canal, injuring at least one hundred people. Many of the injured were discharged from the hospital. Five remain hospitalized. Other patients suffered from skin burns, as their clothing was either burned or torn. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

"Something unidentified rushed towards us before I realized what it was. I saw my husband lying on the ground and i picked him up. At that time, the site was in a mess as the fireworks fell on and bounced from the ground," said one witness.

Many of the injured were discharged from the hospital, while five others remained hospitalized for observation and further treatment of their wounds like facial and ear burns. Other patients suffered from skin burns, as their clothing was either burned or torn. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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