A huge blast at a Paris carnival has left 30 people injured and several fighting for their lives.
The explosion took place in Villepinte at around 5.30 pm and photos show flames and plumes of smoke climbing into the sky.
Emergency services are at the scene and have cordoned off the surrounding area.
The cause of the explosion is not yet known but witnesses have reorted hearing loud bangs just before the carnage unfolded.
It is believed the locals were setting fire to an effigy called Mr Carnaval, a giant structure made out of straw and sticks that represents a human being.
But for some reason the ignition went out of control and an explosion took place.
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