Eight killed by fried llama stall explosion during festival in Bolivia

Eight killed by fried llama stall explosion during festival in Bolivia

The parade took place on a nearby street

Monday, February 12, 2018

Eight people have been killed after a stall selling fried llama exploded during a carnival in Bolivia.

Police said 40 others were also injured when the gas cannister at the stand exploded, according to The South China Morning Post.

Three of those who died were children and some of the injured are believed to be in a critical condition.

Police chief Romel Rana claims it is likely hot oil was dropped on the gas container to cause the explosion on Saturday night (February 10).

The incident took place on a busy Oruro street, however it was not on the route of the parade which was part of the carnival.

President Evo Morales has said "we are dismayed at the news of the deaths caused by the explosion."

The carnival is part of a traditional indigenous festival celebration of 10 days, classed as a cultural hertitage event, and is expected to bring around 400,000 people to the city.

Thousands of people are taking part of the celebrations, with 6,000 musicians and dancers in traditional dress and masks.

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