Mum dies in freak New Year's Eve accident after firework gets stuck in clothes

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Distressing footage shows a huge flash on the beach in Praia Grande, Brazil (Image: CEN)
Distressing footage shows a huge flash on the beach in Praia Grande, Brazil (Image: CEN)

A mum-of-two died in a freak New Year's Eve accident after a firework got stuck in her clothes and exploded, it was reported.

The 38-year-old, who has not been named, was walking along a beach in Praia Grande, Brazil when she was hit in the chest by a stray firework set off shortly after midnight.

Her cousin told how the firework "got stuck" in her clothing and went off "before it could be removed".

Distressing footage shows a huge flash followed by a woman lying on the sand.

A man, reportedly her partner, was also floored by the explosion but managed to pick himself up moments later.

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Mum dies in freak New Year's Eve accident after firework gets stuck in clothesWitnesses told police that many people had been setting off clandestine fireworks on the sand at the time
Mum dies in freak New Year's Eve accident after firework gets stuck in clothesPeople gathering on the beach shortly before the explosion (CEN)

One eyewitness told local media: "We were there, enjoying ourselves, when all of a sudden, we saw this girl jumping on the spot and screaming.

"I don't think there was even time to help, because a few seconds later the explosion struck. It was horrible."

Paramedics were called to the beach but the woman was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. She reportedly leaves behind two young children.

Police in Praia Grande are now investigating the incident as a case of homicide and bodily harm.

Mum dies in freak New Year's Eve accident after firework gets stuck in clothesA man was also floored by the explosion but managed to pick himself up moments later
Mum dies in freak New Year's Eve accident after firework gets stuck in clothesPolice in Praia Grande are now investigating the incident (CEN)

Witnesses told police that many people had been setting off clandestine fireworks on the sand at the time.

The victim lived in Sao Paulo but had travelled to Praia Grande to spend New Year's Eve with her family.

The firework that killed her was not set off by a family member, according to local media.

William McGee

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15.07.2024, 17:44 • Investigation