Woman becomes 1st to die from Japan fireworks festival blast
TOKYO (AFP) - A 44-year-old woman who suffered severe burns in an explosion at a fireworks festival in western Japan two days ago became the first person to die from the accident on Saturday, the police said.
Ms Hiromi Takeuchi was one of 60 people injured in the blast, which ripped through food and drink stalls set up to entertain visitors at an annual festival outside the ancient capital of Kyoto.
She died at a local hospital where she had been receiving treatment.
The police earlier said 18 were seriously injured, with Ms Takeuchi and an eight-year-old girl in critical condition.