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Up to 30 injured following explosion at Jewish Lag BaOmer celebration in London

An explosion during a Jewish celebration in London has left several people injured after crowds gathered to celebrate Lag BaOmer, a Jewish festive day on which bonfires are a tradition, APA reports citing “British Daily Express”.

 

Close to 30 people have been injured following the explosion in Stamford Hill in north London, which may have been caused by a mobile phone.

 

Jewish news website Yeshiva commented on the event, saying: "It appears that the explosion was caused by fuel and not the smartphone, although there definitely were multiple smartphones placed inside the pile to be burned.”

 

Around thirty individuals are believed to have been treated for their injuries, with ten being taken to hospital.

 

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

 

The severity of the injuries have not been confirmed.

 

Videos recorded at the event depict the bonfire being lit, followed by a large explosion which engulfed the crowd standing just a few metres from the fire.

 

Yeshiva reported that the Rebbe or leader of the Chassidic Jewish movement had made a speech stressing the “dangers” of mobile phones and declared he would be burning one.

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