ID : N-1475 Date : 2018/03/14 - 11:31
(Persia Digest) – During the Chaharshanbeh Suri celebrations in Iran last night, three people lost their lives, and there were 2082 cases of injury, 277 burns, 21 amputations, 15 fractures, and 151 hospitalizations.
The Deputy of the emergency services of Iran announced that three people lost their lives during the Chaharshanbeh Suri firework celebrations in Iran last night.
Hassan Nouri added: “From the end of February to date, 969 people have been injured in the capital Tehran, 516 cases of which are from last night.”
He continued: “Ten percent of the victims from last night were women and 90 percent were men. Thirty-five percent of the injuries were to the face and eyes.”
He emphasized: “Most of the victims were within the 8-20 age range. The youngest was nine and the oldest 30. Two of the victims lost their hands yesterday. Most of the accidents happened in the provinces of Tehran, Kermanshah, Kurdistan, and East and West Azerbaijan.”
The spokesperson for Tehran’s Fire Department also reported 160 cases of fire over Chaharshanbeh Suri last night.
Jalal Maleki said: “The celebrations take place between 16h30 and 22h30. We had 160 cases of fire in residential and commercial units, and cars and motorcycles during this time.”
Persia Digest reports that Chaharshanbeh Suri is an ancient, national celebration in Iran which takes place on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year. In the old days, this night was celebrated by lighting bonfires to jump over, accompanied by other traditions, such as hitting a steel bowl with a spoon asking for nuts and sweets, or organizing get-togethers for family and friends. Sadly, this has changed over the past decade to make way for dangerous firecrackers and explosives, creating problems for everyone. Different views are available on the causes of such a change. Certain opinion-holders state this as opposition and limitations created for national celebrations, and a lack of freedom leading to such extreme behavior.