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17 killed by parade electric shock

Brazilian police have said 17 people were electrocuted in a freak accident during a large pre-Carnival parade.

Police said that fireworks lit by partygoers caused a power line to fall on a tightly packed crowd dancing behind a large sound lorry.

The accident happened in the small town of Bandeiro do Sul in Minas Gerais state north of Rio.

Such street parties are common across Brazil and involve a crush of people following behind a sound lorry as it belts out music.

A police spokesman said most of those killed on the street were hit directly by the downed power line.

He said dozens of others were hurt. Carnival officially begins on Friday.


From Belfast Telegraph