8 killed, over 40 injured in Bolivia carnival gas explosion

At least eight people in Bolivia have died when a gas canister used by a street vendor exploded during the city of Oruro’s famous carnival celebrations.

More than 40 others were injured, and several victims had to be airlifted to Bolivia’s main city, La Paz, as local hospitals struggled to cope.

Hundreds of thousands of people take part every year in Oruro’s carnival celebrations.

The blast happened on Saturday evening on a crowded side street close to the main parade route.

At least three children died. Others were injured.

President Evo Morales wrote on twitter that he was “dismayed at the news of the deaths caused by the explosion”.

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