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15 people injured as gas balloons explode at function in Chandigarh

15 people injured as gas balloons explode at function in Chandigarh”

"The blast took place at an annual function of a private academic institute in Sector 34 late Sunday evening when some former students were releasing gas balloons as part of celebrations", a senior police official said.

The Kota-based institute, which has its branches in various cities, trains students for engineering and medical entrance examinations.

During the celebrations, as planned, a big bunch of balloons in tricolor was to be released in air from the stage.

Indian media said the explosion had been sparked when one of the floating balloons, which were filled with volatile acetylene, touched a hot electric light bulb.

It was not clear why the balloons had been filled with acetylene to make them float rather than the more commonly used helium.

Those standing on the stage ran for cover, but 15 persons suffered minor burns.

The injured were immediately shifted to the nearby hospital and their situation is said to be stable. "We are still deciding if any action needs to be initiated", Station House Officer (SHO) Ajay Kumar told Hindustan Times.



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