Gas explosion at Bolivia's Oruro Carnival kills six, injures 28; rescue efforts on

Police in Bolivia say six people were killed and dozens injured when a street vendor's gas canister exploded near the route of the Carnival in the city of Orura.

AP February 11, 2018 09:56:07 IST
Gas explosion at Bolivia's Oruro Carnival kills six, injures 28; rescue efforts on

La Paz: Police in Bolivia say six people were killed and dozens injured when a street vendor's gas canister exploded near the route of the Carnival in the city of Oruro.

Gas explosion at Bolivias Oruro Carnival kills six injures 28 rescue efforts on

File image of the Oruro carnival. Wikimedia Commons

Deputy Commander Freddy Betancurt says the blast took place on a street parallel to where participants were making the folkloric entrance to Orura's Carnival, one of the most important in Bolivia. It created an expansive wave of at least 50 metres.

Betancurt said police believe Saturday's accident was caused by hot oil weakening the hose to the vendor's gas canister.

Regional police Commander Romel Rana said the explosion left six people dead and 28 injured.

Oruro's Carnival draws tourists from Bolivia and around the world, and was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.

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