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Carnival accident kills 17 in Brazil

2011-02-28 09:47

Sao Paulo - Brazilian police say 17 people were electrocuted during a freak accident during a large pre-Carnival parade.

Police say on Monday that fireworks lit by partygoers caused a power line to fall on a tightly packed crowd dancing behind a large sound truck.

The accident happened late on Sunday in the small town of Bandeiro do Sul in Minas Gerais state north of Rio.

Such street parties are common across Brazil and involve a crush of people following behind a sound truck as it belts out music.

A police spokesperson, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn't authorised to discuss the matter, said most of those killed on the street were hit directly by the downed power line.

He says dozens of others were hurt.

Carnival officially begins on Friday.

Comments
  • buzz - 2011-02-28 10:14

    Shocking

      ToffaSaffa - 2011-02-28 11:07

      Really makes your hair stand on end

  • Jonathan.Banks.SA - 2011-02-28 11:00

    test

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-28 11:19

    Fireworks...just don't work !

  • Kvds - 2011-02-28 13:48

    Im all for a good joke but you people are disgusting! Lives were lost. Show some respect

  • Alexandre S. Rocha. - 2011-02-28 14:03

    I live in Po├žos de Caldas city, who stay around 10 miles of Bandeira do Sul. The accident was yesterday around 17p.m. Very sad situation, and still have several people in hospital around 30. Some with body completly fired. Mainly pleople who dieded are teens.

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