Three dead, over 1,000 injured during Iran fire festival celebrations

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Three people have died and more than 1,000 others were injured across Iran on Tuesday, state media reported, as many Iranians celebrated an ancient festival of fire ahead of the Iranian New Year.

The festival, known as Chaharshanbeh Suri, is celebrated on the eve of the last Wednesday before the Iranian New Year, Nowruz, which starts on March 20.

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Three people from the provinces of Tehran, Markazi and Alborz died, and 1,030 others were injured during the celebrations, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported, citing the head of Iran’s emergency medical services Pirhossein Kolivand.

 The Iranian new year that begins on March 20 coincides with the first day of spring during which locals revive the Zoroastrian celebration of lighting a fire and dancing around the flame. (AFP)
The Iranian new year that begins on March 20 coincides with the first day of spring during which locals revive the Zoroastrian celebration of lighting a fire and dancing around the flame. (AFP)
An Iranian jumps over the bonfire in Tehran on March 16, 2021 during the Wednesday Fire feast, or Chaharshanbeh Soori, held annually on the last Wednesday eve before the Spring holiday of Noruz. (AFP)
An Iranian jumps over the bonfire in Tehran on March 16, 2021 during the Wednesday Fire feast, or Chaharshanbeh Soori, held annually on the last Wednesday eve before the Spring holiday of Noruz. (AFP)

Every year, hundreds are injured on Chaharshanbeh Suri due to the use of fireworks in the celebrations.

Of those injured, 200 were hospitalized, Kolivand said.

Iranian police also arrested 25 “norm-breakers” in the capital Tehran, the semi-official Fars news agency cited a police official as saying.

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