Iran's Festival of Fire: three dead, 250 injured
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 16
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
At least three people were killed and 250 injured in the various incidents during the Iran's Festival of Fire on March 15, the official IRNA news agency reported.
The last Wednesday of the Iranian calendar year is called "Chahar Shanbe Suri," (Festival of Fire). It is also known as one of the most dangerous days of the year. Iranians traditionally jump over fires and use small explosives during celebrations.
A 24 year-old man in Qazvin city and a 15 year-old man in Iran's northern Rasht city were killed due to the explosion of hand-made explosives.
Meanwhile, spokesman of Iran's emergency services Mojtaba Khaledi said that a 45-year old man died in Tehran from cardiac arrest due to shock of a firecracker explosion.
The most of the incidents occurred in Tehran and Fars provinces, Khaledi said, adding the victims are mainly under 20 years old.