1 killed, 3 injured in flaming festive hot air balloon accident in Myanmar

(File) Firefighters work after a fireworks-laden hot-air balloon ignited near a car before the balloon had reached a sufficient height during the closing ceremony of the Tazaungdaing Festival at Taunggyi, in Myanmar's northeastern Shan State, on November 15, 2016. Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP

One local person has been killed and three others injured in a fire caused by a flaming hot air balloon to celebrate Myanmar's Tazaungdaing lighting festival in Shan state, Xinhua reported on 31 October quoting the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The town's well-known Tazaungdaing Festival, also known as the Festival of Lights which falls on the day of full moon in the eighth month according to the Myanmar calendar, is celebrated as a public holiday in Myanmar and marks the end of the rain season.

People usually fly sky lanterns and launch firework competition as part of celebrating the festival.

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