Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Dozens injured in London explosion

Injuries The Lag
Ba Omer bonfire in
north London 30 hurt as Jewish holiday bonfire explodes by Daniel Binns Published
Glenn Montgomery | 03 May, 2018, 16:57

Social media erupted with reports that a smartphone was burned which caused the explosion.

The blast was said to have been caused by a mobile phone, according to the report.

According to The Yeshiva World, there was "a massive explosion and large fireball" the moment the fire was lit.

Jewish ambulance service Hatzola and London Ambulance Service attended the scene to treat burn victims.

North London during the celebration of the Jewish holiday Lag BA-Omer, an explosion occurred, injuring about 30 people.

In dramatic footage from the scene, crowds can be seen running from the scene as the explosion rips through the air.

Police confirmed the injuries, adding: "No criminal allegations reported. No serious injuries", Hackney police said on Twitter.

Hatzola, along with London Ambulance and London fire brigade, treated those hurt in what they described as "a mega response team" to the incident.

Bonfires are the biggest symbol of the Lag BaOmer festival celebration around the world, which commemorates Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.

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