144 injured as balloons explode at Armenian political rally

144 injured as balloons explode at Armenian political rally

Yerevan : Armenia | May 05, 2012 at 4:00 AM PDT
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More than 140 people have been hurt after hundreds of gas-filled balloons went up in flames at a political rally in the Armenian capital Yerevan.

The balloons were supposed to be flown at the Republican Party's rally that drew tens of thousands of Armenians in the central square of the ex-Soviet nation's capital.

The Emergencies Ministry said 104 of them had to be hospitalized with burns after the explosion in Yerevan, which it said was caused by a smoker who lit a cigarette near the balloons.Incredibly, no one was killed.

Tens of thousands have gathered in Yerevan ahead of the parliamentary election Sunday, which is largely seen as a test of democracy for President Sarkisyan, the winner of the disputed 2008 election.

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