18 injured in bonfire lighting in France

- At least 18 people were injured on Saturday when a bonfire lighting went wrong and exploded in the Parisian suburb of Villepinte.

The explosion occurred at around 5:30 p.m. during the town’s annual spring carnival while the witnesses were waiting for the fire to light.

Fire officials believe that the explosion may have been caused by a mishandling of the fuel used to light the fire.

Five of the injured are in serious condition.

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