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Video: Accidental blast at French carnival leaves 18 injured

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Video: Accidental blast at French carnival leaves 18 injured
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11:01 CEST+02:00
Eighteen people were hurt, five of them seriously, when a bonfire effigy blew up at a carnival north of Paris on Saturday, emergency workers said.
The blast happened when organisers set fire to a wooden figure during a carnival at Villepinte after a traditional parade by local children.
   
None of the 18 suffered life-threatening injuries. Three were children.
 
   
Police said the effigy of a man, made out of plywood, was ignited by petrol using remote control.
   
The blast showered parts of the crowd with sparks and wooden splinters, which led to the injuries, and caused a momentary panic.
   
An inquiry has been opened.
 
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