A frightening story out of Sao Paulo, Brazil, reports that 17 people were killed in a carnival parade. Actually, it was a pre-carnival parade. The 17 people were electrocuted.
Bradley Brooks of the Associated Press has an article posted on The News Tribune website titled “Carnival accident kills 17 in Brazil.” There is at this time not a lot of detail about the tragedy.
I am not familiar with the location where the carnival is located and the accident happened. As our reference material tells us, it was in “Bandeiro do Sul in Minas Gerais state north of Rio.”
As it turns out, it appears the revelers put themselves in harm’s way and caused the deaths to occur. What happened was they lit fireworks. They must have been rockets or some type of fireworks that was airborne because it caused a power line to fall. In re-thinking it, another possibility might have been that some intense ground fireworks near a ground attachment could have loosened a wire at ground level. Both of those ideas are simply guesses on my part, but one thing is clear: There had to be a lot of fireworks to make a large power line fall on a crowd of people.
Apparently it essentially was a “street party.” Further, it is reported that these parties are a common practice in Brazil. A throng of people follow a truck that is equipped with music and plays it loudly. These folks dance and party in the street as the truck moves along.
When I was growing up, street parties were popular in Peoria, Illinois. The difference was a band would perform on a mobile stage and would stay in one spot for about an hour and then just move one block. It would be in a three-block area, and the kids would be lined up and down the street. As the mobile stage moved, new groups would be able to see the band and move close to the stage, but I have drifted from the main story.
The fireworks caused the power line to fall directly on the dancers. That was how most of the people who were killed died. Many others were injured.
That is the problem with a large group of people. They get ideas that are a little wild. They do not mean to hurt anyone, but also do not think.
Of interest is that the information was given by a police spokesman who wished not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak about the incident.
That always bothers me just a little bit. Were the conclusions of what happened not really complete?
We’ll have to wait and see.
The News Tribune Website, Bradley Brooks Associated Press, “Carnival accident kills 17 in Brazil”