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Iranian New Year fire festival causes at least 3 deaths and thousands of injuries


March 21 this year is an important traditional Iranian festival Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. The people say goodbye to the old and welcome the new by jumping over all kinds of fires. (AFP)

Iranian New year celebration meets accident.

Iranian new year Fire Jumping Festival caused fatal accidents. At least 3 people were killed and more than a thousand were injured. Among them, 87 people broke their arms or lost their lower limbs accidentally.

Iranian state media reported that Iran’s emergency department director Kuliwand said that the country’s Fire Jumping Festival celebrations began at sunset on Tuesday and lasted until late at night. The accident that caused many casualties was the result of homemade fireworks and artillery battles. Among them, 87 wounded had broken arms or lost their lower limbs.

Iran is one of the countries with the most severe coronavirus epidemic in the Middle East. There are reports that many Iranians ignore the government’s epidemic prevention and control measures to restrict gatherings during festivals. Iran’s Fars News Agency reported that the police arrested 25 people in the capital Tehran.

March 21 is an important traditional Iranian festival Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. The Fire Jumping Festival is held from the last Tuesday night before the new year to early Wednesday morning, and the public welcomes the new year by jumping over various fires.

People also set off fireworks and home-made firecrackers during the Fire Jumping Festival, often causing casualties.

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