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Effigy explodes into fireball at Paris carnival injuring at least 30

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At least 30 people are injured - including four seriously - after an explosion at a popular French carnival.

Spectators were hit with debris and parents screamed frantically searching for their children as the disaster occurred.

Shocking footage of the blast shows an effigy, known as Mr Carnival, exploding as flames ripped along a trip wire.

The effigy, made of wood and straw, was suppose to be set ablaze as part of a family display - but something went disastrously wrong. 

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The blast occurred at the Villepinte carnival, known as the Yellow Carnival, in a suburb of Paris, close to Charles De Gaulle airport.

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One man told Le Parisien there was panic, and he saw "a man with a broken arm, a child with blood on his face, people running around to find their children".

Another witness said: "The kid was screaming and covered in blood.

"To begin with, everyone thought the explosion was planned, then we realised something had gone terribly wrong.

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"Bits of the guy and other debris flew towards us in every direction, like spears.

"The bits of wood were burning hot."

The carnival was due to start at 2pm local time today with a parade through the streets ending at a park.

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The family festival was organised to celebrate and people were asked to come dressed in yellow, for the sun and good mood.

A percussion orchestra was due to follow the floats with dancers and musicians joining in too.

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Dozens of carnival-goers were injured after the event turned to tragedy, with many suffering from shock.

At least four people are reported to be in a serious condition in hospital.

Officials say the incident appears to have been accidental.

Dozens of emergency vehicles remain at the scene.

A spokesman for the mayor Martine Valleton said: "It's an unforeseeable accident."

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