1 March 2014. Oruro, Bolivia. At least two people are confirmed dead and 32 have been injured on the opening night of Bolivia's world-famous Oruro Carnival, a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity event. Due to an excess of weight, one of the bleachers gave way along Avenida 6 de Agosto, on the corner of Cochabamba Street, part of the Oruro Carnival opening parade route.
One of the dead is the trumpet player of the well-known band Poopó, who died at the scene. The second confirmed victim died in an ambulance on the way to a local hospital.
Additionally, police are confirming between 20 and 32 injured, five of whom are reported to be in very serious condition, stated Oruro Police Commander, Emilio Espinoza. The metallic bleachers had been set up exclusively for this event.
Oruro Carnival activities were suspended for about an hour. After the injured had been evacuated, dancing began anew; however, were once again suspended. A minute of silence was held for the dead.
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