One woman is dead and at least nine others were injured during Independence Day fireworks in Minsk on Wednesday night, 3 July.
Independence Day festivities took a tragic turn after at least two blasts rocked the city amid a fireworks display, shattering windows in nearby buildings.
The Investigation Committee and the Ministry of Defense confirmed that a 64-year-old woman was killed after fireworks exploded low above the ground.
She was reportedly watching fireworks on the banks of the Svisloch river when a metal chip from a broken fireworks machine hit her in the neck.
— Dmitry Molokovich (@dima_molokovich) July 3, 2019
The unnamed woman was treated by paramedics at the spot for half an hour, but with no success, she succumbed to her injuries. At least nine other injured persons received medical assistance.
“According to the investigation, four explosions of firework products took place on 3 July during a festive firework show in Minsk.
As a result, firework installations were destroyed, and at least 10 people were injured by scattered fragments,” the press service of the ministry said.
Жуткий салют возде стеллы
Первые две минуты всё было нормально, а потом был взрыв, ощутимо громче, залпа салюта, затем второй
Хорошо, что я отказалась от идеи перейти на другой берег поближе, ибо какой-то осколок донесло сильным ветром буквально до меня#минск pic.twitter.com/WvWkGHV9pJ
— VULGAR UNICORN[V.U.] (@VulgarUnicorn_) July 3, 2019
The Investigative Committee has started a criminal case on violation of the rules for handling substances and objects which represent an increased danger for nearby persons.
Дворец спорта уже огорожен лентой. На набережной Свислочи довольно большая лужа крови. Здесь работают силовики. pic.twitter.com/AEATgtWDK0
— Maxim Pushkin (@mc_maxim) July 3, 2019
In another development, a tank skidded off the wet road almost hitting people on its way to the military base after the parade.
Recall that two years ago another tank knocked down a tree and a lamp post during a military parade rehearsal in Minsk.