A 7-year-old boy and his 24-year-old sister die during a fireworks show: they were “about fifty meters from the launch pad”

They attended the fireworks in Cholet (Maine-et-Loire) with other members of their family. Asked about the circumstances of the accident, the prosecutor mentioned a “shooting incident”, without further details.

A 7-year-old boy and his 24-year-old sister died in a tragedy shooting incident occurred during the fireworks on Thursday July 14 in Cholet (Maine-et-Loire), which also left one injured. The investigation, opened for manslaughter, must determine the precise circumstances of the accident, which occurred shortly after 11:00 p.m. “on stabilized ground near the Cholet stadium”said the prosecutor of Angers, Eric Bouillard, accompanied by AFP on the night of Thursday to Friday.

The brother and sister were watching the fireworks with other family members and were “about fifty meters from the launch pad“During the accident, an injured person was also hospitalized, in an unspecified condition.

At this stage, no other injuries have been reported., added the magistrate, who went there. Asked about the circumstances of the accident, the prosecutor mentioned a “shooting incident“, without further details”.It’s too soonto say more, he added.

I served as a shield

Laurent Picard, who attended the fireworks with his two daughters aged 8 and 13, witnessed the accident, of which he posted some video footage on Facebook. “I was 5/6 meters from the explosion with my two daughters, I received sparks and felt the heat of the explosion.“, he testified to AFP. “Fortunately, where I was placed, in a way I served as a shield for my daughters.”

At the end of this video of just over a minute, we see what looks like a rocket explosion among a small crowd gathered behind a fence, then screams and people running in all directions, while flames are seen on the ground.

“Was it a rocket that went wrong or did it explode on the way down? It happened so fast I can’t tell“, he added.

Shortly after the blast, Picard said he saw a man lying on the ground, apparently burned, and a woman being given a heart massage by rescuers.

I was screaming everywhere, it was a bit of a panic.“, he remembers, still in shock.”I took the girls to a safe place. It could have been us! I am deeply shocked and moved by these two deaths and the serious injuries.”

“It’s a terrible tragedy”

Despite the incident, the fireworks were completed and the crowd dispersed, he said. Some 70 firefighters were dispatched to the scene, according to the Courrier de l’Ouest. The mayor of Cholet, Gilles Bourdouleix, explained that members of the security would have “warned the people who were near the accident site.”walk away”.

The municipality is workingDuring years“with the fireworks specialist, he added, and”its the first time“That such a tragedy occurs during the July 14 festivities in Cholet according to him. “It’s a terrible tragedy”, commented, accompanied by AFP. The investigation was entrusted to the Departmental Security of Maine-et-Loire and the Cholet police station.

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