A hot-air balloon carrying 40 pounds of fireworks dropped 30 meters during a Buddhist celebration in Burma last night, killing 500 people and injuring 600 others.
regularly crash to the ground during the Tazaungdaing Lighting Festival
Celebrating the end of the rainy season, locals from all over the country in Myanmar create hot air balloons with candles or fireworks to send into the skies in Taunggyi. Or at least, they’re supposed to.
Things don’t always go well and each year people get hurt and even die due to incidents. Without any proper security and things created by non-professionals, it has earned the reputation of ‘Worlds craziest and most dangerous firework event’.
I spend 4 nights here capturing footage for this movie and was lucky to make it out without any injuries, but got pretty close to getting hurt.
The burn marks in jacket can testify to that. Nothing went terribly wrong when I was around, but things did go bad at other moments, like the complete firework installation falling into the crowd and exploding on the ground. Pretty crazy. But a seriously amazing event to attend, with the friendliness of the locals being one of the highlights.