Balloons explode at Indian event

At least 15 people were injured in the accident


This is the shocking moment a crowd were forced to flee when a bunch of gas-filled balloons exploded in a ball of flames.

At least 15 people were injured when the balloons erupted after one touched a street lamp at an outdoor event.

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The blast happened at an alumni function outside a college in Chandigarh city, the capital of northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana.

The injured people - former students - were rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh where they remain in a stable condition.

There's some confusion over what was used to fill the balloons. Some reports claim it was nitrogen (which is used widely for fire suppression); while others say it was acetylene, which is used in welding.

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