By Kyle James   |  05-03-2018   News
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Footage from a Jewish festival in London shows a giant fireball erupting in the middle of a crowd after a mobile phone was thrown into a bonfire. Hundreds of people gathered in Stamford Hill, London for an annual event called Lag BaOmer. The event incorporates bonfires and large groups of people gathered around them.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Up to 30 people are injured including many children &#39;after mobile phones thrown onto a bonfire&#39; during a Jewish celebration in north London explode causing huge fireball. Emergency services said dozens of people were injured as a result of the blast . <a href="https://t.co/g04q52o3I6">pic.twitter.com/g04q52o3I6</a></p>&mdash; Daily Hurriyat (@HurriyatPk) <a href="https://twitter.com/HurriyatPk/status/991897156930981888?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The footage shows a bonfire about to be lit as festival attendees sing songs in the background just a few feet away. Without warning, a massive explosion erupts and flames stretch over the gathered crowd. The explosion took place around 11 p.m. and prompted the London Ambulance Service to respond along with the Jewish volunteer ambulance service Hatzola.

The condition of the injured is unknown but at least 30 are reported to have been hurt in the blast. Witnesses say that mobile phones were being thrown into the raging bonfire prior to the explosion. One witness even said the rabbe, a leader of the Chassidic Jewish movement, had thrown a phone into the bonfire to warn against the evil of smartphones.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tonight we have assisted <a href="https://twitter.com/Hatzola?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Hatzola</a> dealing with multiple patients.<br><br>Hatzola is a volunteer ambulance service in the community. <br>We have a long-standing, mutually respectful working relationship, and together we help to save lives.<a href="https://twitter.com/Ldn_Ambulance?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Ldn_Ambulance</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/LAS_HART?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LAS_HART</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Hatzola?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Hatzola</a> <a href="https://t.co/0dlxfB988j">pic.twitter.com/0dlxfB988j</a></p>&mdash; LondonAmbulance HART (@LAS_HART) <a href="https://twitter.com/LAS_HART/status/991818914081464327?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 2, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Another witness told the Sun, "It appears that the explosion was caused by fuel and not the smartphone, although there definitely were multiple smartphones placed inside the pile to be burned." The Lag BaOmer is a Jewish holiday that represents a break in the 49-day period between the Passover and Shavuot, a time when weddings and haircuts are forbidden.

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Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6198267/explosion-at-jewish-celebration-lag-baomer-london-bonfire/

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