Military fireworks end in disaster when retirees are killed and ten spectators are injured
Military fireworks end in disaster when retirees are killed and ten spectators are injured by shrapnel & # 39; of defective pyrotechnics in Belarus
- A 64-year-old woman was killed when a fragment tore a gaping hole in her neck
- & # 39; It looked like a huge bug, & # 39; said the witness, causing & # 39; a blood fountain from her neck & # 39;
- Other spectators were injured by pieces of three misfiring pyrotechnic shells
- The screening on July 3 marked the anniversary of the liberation of Minsk by Nazis in 1944
This is the moment when a display of fireworks from the Belarusian army was horrified with one dead woman and ten wounded.
A 64-year-old retired person was killed after a gaping hole in her neck was blown by shrapnel from a 195 mm (eight inch) scale used in the military fireworks in the capital Minsk.
Others among a crowd of thousands were injured after being hit by shrapnel & # 39; from at least three firefights.
Paramedics try in vain to save the life of a 64-year-old woman who struck a part of a pyrotechnic artillery shell at a firework show in Minsk on the evening
The spectacular display marked the Independence Day of the country but became disastrous with the suspicion that & # 39; defective explosives & # 39; from Russia were behind the horror.
Videos show an explosion near the ground next to the river Svislach during a massive display in the capital of Belarus.
And photos taken by witnesses show broken windows and fragments of the fireworks that struck them – a few centimeters long.
The fireworks show on Wednesday evening was part of the annual Red Army liberation celebration of the invasion of German Nazi troops in 1944
A witness said: & The pensioner and her daughter were close to the water.
& # 39; I watched fireworks in the sky when I saw something flying toward us.
& # 39; The speed was not high, it looked like a huge beetle and it struck the woman in her neck. & # 39;
She collapsed with & # 39; a blood fountain from her neck & # 39 ;.
The woman's daughter & # 39; shouted that her mother was hit by shrapnel & # 39 ;.
People tried to stop the bleeding, but there was a & # 39; gaping hole & # 39; and they couldn't stop the flow from her vein.
A spectator at the Wednesday night fireworks in Minsk shows fragments of the used pyrotechnic artillery shells
Children were & # 39; so scared & # 39; and & # 39; shuddering & # 39; after seeing the horrible accident.
Windows were shattered in nearby buildings.
Shells of 105 mm (four inches), 125 mm (five inches), 150 mm (six inches), 195 mm (eight inches) and 310 mm (12 inches) were used in the fireworks, the Belarusian defense ministry said.
& # 39; The woman could not be saved & # 39 ;, said the State Investigation Commission.
The Army & # 39; sends its condolences to the loved ones' loved ones and loved ones, and will provide them with the necessary help & # 39 ;, said a statement.
A window in a building of Minsk, broken by splinters of a defective pyrotechnic scale during the fireworks on Wednesday evening
Earlier there was an exhibition by the Belarusian and Russian air forces, while Chinese soldiers also participated in the Independence Day events.
More than 5,000 soldiers were involved in a parade.
A report from the BelaPAN news agency said that & # 39; defective explosives & # 39; probably behind the horror.
The fireworks had been supplied by the Russian manufacturer Piro-Ross, it was reported.
Fireworks illuminate the night sky during the Independence Day celebration on Wednesday in Minsk, the capital of Belarus
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