Food vendor charged over fatalities at fireworks festival blast in August
Kyoto prefectural police have arrested a food stall vendor over an explosion at a fireworks festival in Fukuchiyama on Aug 15 that killed three people and injured 60 others.
The 38-year-old vendor, who was himself injured and hospitalized, was charged with professional negligence resulting in death and injury, Fuji TV reported Thursday.
Police said their investigation showed that the explosion occurred when the vendor, who was at one of some 350 stalls at the site, opened the cap of a gasoline container to refill an electric generator. The highly pressurised gasoline was sprayed over a wide area, causing gas cylinders to blow up and three of the stalls went up in flames.
A 44-year-old woman, a 10-year-old boy and a 35-year-old man died of injuries received in the blast.