Bonfire explosion in London injures up to 30: Express

The explosion, which happened in Stamford Hill last night, was reported to have been caused by someone throwing a phone into the fire.

As can be seen on the shocking footage below, the second the fire was lit on the pole, there was a massive explosion and large fireball.

Hatzola, along with London Ambulance and London fire brigade, treated those hurt in what they described as "a mega response team" to the incident.

The Jewish Chronicle reports that Orthodox Jews light bonfires on Lag Ba'Omer, with the festival said to mark the anniversary of the death of a great sage, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.

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People at the bonfire "shrieked and panicked", and others "trampled on one another", according to the Yeshiva World News website, which published a video and photos of the incident.

Ten people are believed to have been hospitalized. Approximately 10 people were taken to the hospital, many with burns on their faces. The Metropolitan Police said there had been no reports of serious injuries or any criminal allegations.

Some even said the rabbi - a leader of the Chassidic Jewish movement - had chucked a phone into the blaze in a warning against the evil of smartphones.

The explosion occurred in Stamford Hill late on Wednesday evening.

  • Adam Floyd