Explosion hits pine tree festive tradition
At least 14 people were injured, three of them suffering serious burns, in a explosion in the bell tower of a church in Barcelona during a traditional Christmas event.
The incident happened at the Fiesta del Pino in Centelles which is dedicated to an ancient story of a patron saint and a pine tree.
The explosion generated a small fire which was quickly extinguished but smoke coming from the church tower was visible from some miles away.
All those injured were taken to the Burns Unit of the Vall d’Hebron Hospital in Barcelona.
Police have opened an investigation to determine the cause of the explosion which is thought to have been caused by fireworks or gunpowder which is used as part of the celebrations in the church.
The huge pine tree is carried into the church to the sound of popping guns and it is understood one of the organisers had gunpowder in his bag.
The council cancelled the celebrations, with the pine tree being brought into the church in silence.