Budapest celebrations end in tragedy
Monday, August 21, 2006, 08:25
The Constitution Day fireworks in Budapest, the closing event of the holiday ceremonies, was washed away by a violent storm, which resulted in four deaths and 250 injured people were taken to hospital.
The panicking crowd had to find shelter from tiles blown off building roofs, from trees falling down, and from glass splinters of broken windows, and one man got struck by lightning. Many children were separated from their parents in the huge crowd, and policemen struggle to locate and unite families. The roof of the recently renovated Sándor Palace in the Castle District was damaged, and on the other side of town, the roof of the new Népliget bus station was partially blown off. Several boats collided on the Danube, and several people fell into the water. Two people are still missing, authorities think that they fell in the river among panicking crowd, they are still being looked for.