Blast at Japanese summer festival injures 59

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Police investigators gather at the site of a Thursday's blast in Kyoto which left 59 injured. (AP) Police investigators gather at the site of a Thursday's blast in Kyoto which left 59 injured. (AP)
SummaryThe blast took place on Thursday evening, just before the fireworks display was to start.

An explosion at a summer fireworks festival near Kyoto, Japan, has injured 59 people, Japanese media reported.

The blast took place on Thursday evening, just before the fireworks display was to start, when a food stall vendor put gasoline into an electricity generator without turning it off, Kyodo News service cited police sources as saying.

Eighteen of the victims suffered major burns and other serious injuries, including a 13-year-old boy who remained unconscious at a hospital, Kyodo said.

The annual festival in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto prefecture, was canceled after the explosion. Last year, it drew around 110,000 spectators.

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