At least 25 girls aged between 10 and 15 suffered burns on Saturday after helium balloons they were holding as part of a religious event exploded due to sparks from firecrackers outside a temple in a village in Mehsana district of Gujarat. , the police said. .
The incident occurred in front of the Lord Ganesh temple in Brahmanwada village in Unjha taluka when people were witnessing the idol consecration ceremony around noon, an official from Unjha police station said.
Police made an entry “for information” in the station diary about the incident, he said.
Some balloons exploded when a spark from firecrackers touched them, launching a fireball that left around 25 girls injured, according to the police note. The girls were taken to nearby hospitals to be treated for burns, police said.
A video of the incident shows each girl holding a bunch of small balloons outside the temple along with other people who had gathered to attend the religious event.
Unjha MLA Kirit Patel said that these balloons were supposed to be released into the air as part of the event.
“Before the balloons could be released, someone lit firecrackers in the open field where these girls were. A spark from the firecrackers touched the balloons and caused them to explode. Initially, the injured girls were rushed to a hospital in Unjha for receive primary treatment and then “The girls suffered minor burns in the incident.
While 10 girls have been discharged, 15 are undergoing treatment at the civil hospital. They will be discharged on Sunday, she said.
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First published: November 18, 2023 | 23:35 IS