Over 50 injured by blast at Japan fireworks show: Media
TOKYO (AFP) - More than 50 people were injured on Thursday evening by an explosion probably caused by a gas cylinder just before a fireworks display in Japan's Kyoto prefecture, media reports said.
Public broadcaster NHK said the cylinder was close to a drinks and snacks counter put in place for a grand fireworks festival which takes place each summer in Japan.
An explosion was heard just before the start of the fireworks display, and the counter and other objects were thrown in the air as a fire started and people fled, according to accounts and photographs posted on the Internet.
Fifty-nine people were taken to hospital, Kyodo News reported - revising down a previous figure of 61 - including 19 seriously injured, some with burns over their entire bodies.