France carnival explosion injures many


French media say at least 18 people were injured when a bonfire exploded at a carnival held in Northern France.
The blast occurred at the end of the Yellow Carnaval in Villepinte, North-East of Paris.
Video posted on social media showed the bonfire blowing up seconds after being ignited, sending debris flying.
It was gathered that five people were seriously injured, and that a number of people suffered facial wounds.
It added that an initial investigation has been opened by prosecutors, but the cause of the explosion is not yet known.
A police source said that the explosion may have been caused by the petrol used, to help start the fire, which marks the end of the annual carnival in Villepinte.