Romería goes off with a bang

FESTIVAL goers in Dalías, Almeria, had a lucky escape after an explosion went off right in the middle of the festivities.

Last Sunday’s Romería del Cristo de la Luz is one of the area’s most popular events, but this year revellers were left shaken after an explosion in the marketplace caused some minor structural damage, but fortunately no injuries.

At around 1pm, according to the accident and emergency services, the explosion – believed to have been caused by fireworks stored in the area – resulted in damage to the roof of the building and some broken windows.

Event organisers, together with pyrotechnicians responsible for the fireworks, decided to cancel the planned release of fireworks in the historic centre after the incident. Fireworks were launched as planned in the Peña de la Luz neighbourhood, and no restriction was placed on the lighting of firecrackers.

The Romería del Cristo de la Luz is one of Almeria’s main events, and each year more than 400,000 people converge on the small community of Dalías which boasts a population of less than 4,000.

Firework displays are a staple of the event, and this year more than 1,300 kilos of rockets had been planned to be released from 10 different points around the town.

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