Gas canister explosion kills eight in Bolivia’s carnival celebration

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  • At least eight people in Bolivia have died after a gas canister exploded during the city of Oruro’s famous carnival celebration
  • Many of the injured were airlifted to Bolivia’s capital, La Paz

At least 8 people lost their lives and 40 were injured after a gas explosion incident in Bolivia’s carnival celebration, local authorities said Sunday.

In the city of Oruro, a heating gas tank exploded; claiming eight lives and injuring dozens. Three of those killed were children.

Many of the injured were airlifted to Bolivia’s capital, La Paz.

The vendor is believed to have dripped hot oil on the hose of the cooking gas container, which led to the explosion, the city police chief Romel Raña was quoted as saying.

The city´s well-known Carnival festival, one of countless such celebrations throughout Latin America this weekend and early next week, is expected to attract around 400,000 visitors from Bolivia and abroad, tourism officials said.

The 10-day festival includes as many as 6,000 musicians and thousands more dancers in bright-colored masks and folkloric dress and was declared a cultural heritage site by the United Nations.