A mother has been killed by a firework that got trapped “in her clothes” as she ushered in the New Year.
Celebrations were underway in Praia Grande, Sao Paulo, Brazil, but a freak incident claimed the life of Elisangela Tinem.
According to Municipality of Praia Grande the celebrations allegedly included an unauthorised fireworks display that went wrong.
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Upsetting footage shows revellers enjoying time on the beach as fireworks shoot up into the night, but panic breaks when a louder bang is heard as people scatter – a body appears to be left in the sand.
The 38-year-old was allegedly killed by injuries to her chest and arm. The Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) says that Elisangela’s cousin confirmed that she was there when the incident occurred.
In a statement, Municipality of Praia Grande said: "The City Hall also points out that the device that hit the victim did not come from the official fireworks of the City Hall.
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"In fact, Bairro Mirim (the location) did not have an official fireworks display."
A homicide investigation is now understood to have been launched.
Speaking to g1, a witness said: “When it was midnight, I hugged my mother and saw a very strong flash.
"Soon after, everyone started screaming.
"When I went to look, I saw a woman lying on the ground all bleeding, and the boy who was with her fallen too.
"In this he got up, but when he realized how she was, he knelt down already 'without ground'. It was a rush."
Online, tributes have poured in for Elisangela, with one saying: "My God, I can't believe it. My condolences to everyone in the family.
"May God comfort your hearts at this difficult time. I'll be praying for the family."
In a message about the late mother, another said: "What a tragedy! May God comfort the heart of every family and give it eternal rest."
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