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More than 150 people were injured as a result of explosion of balloons with gas in Armenia

2012-05-05 13:46

As reported by the, 154 people, including children, were injured as a result of the explosion of balloons with the gas in Yerevan on Friday. 76 people were hospitalized, 25 of them - in the intensive care unit. This was reported by the deputy chief of Emergency Rescue Service of Armenia Nikolay Grigoryan. No dead reported.


Explosion of the balloons filled with gas occurred at the Republic Square in Yerevan during pre-election meeting-concert of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia at about 19:30 local time. People in close proximity to the scene were injured.

A criminal case was insulted on the fact of the explosion. Among the possible versions of the explosion there are self-ignition, the violation of fire regulations, improper storage of flammable substances. One of the most probable cause of the explosion is the ignition of methane in the balloons. 

President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan said that the victims receive the necessary assistance, and, if necessary, the best specialists from abroad would be invited to Armenia.

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