Gas explosion at Bolivia Carnival leaves 6 dead, 28 injured

Firemen review the site where a liquefied gas bottle exploded, in Oruro, Bolivia, on Saturday. (AP)
Updated 11 February 2018

Gas explosion at Bolivia Carnival leaves 6 dead, 28 injured

LA PAZ, Bolivia: Police in Bolivia say six people were killed and dozens injured when a street vendor’s gas canister exploded near the route of the Carnival in the city of Orura.
Deputy Commander Freddy Betancurt says the blast took place on a street parallel to where participants were making the folkloric entrance to Orura’s Carnival, one of the most important in Bolivia. It created an expansive wave of at least 50 yards (meters).
Betancurt said police believe Saturday’s accident was caused by hot oil weakening the hose to the vendor’s gas canister.
Regional police Commander Romel Rana said the explosion left six people dead and 28 injured.
Orura’s Carnival draws tourists from Bolivia and around the world, and was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.


Greece: Migrant child killed in boat collision

Updated 23 October 2019

Greece: Migrant child killed in boat collision

  • The crash occurred before sunrise Wednesday in the heavily patrolled waters of the east Aegean Sea
THESSALONIKI, Greece: Greek authorities say a coast guard patrol boat collided with a dinghy carrying migrants to the island of Kos from Turkey on Wednesday, leaving a child dead and another person missing.

Officials on Kos say that 31 people have been rescued following the collision, in an effort assisted by private boats and the European Union border protection agency Frontex. The circumstances of the collision aren't immediately clear.

The crash occurred before sunrise Wednesday in the heavily patrolled waters of the east Aegean Sea.