An exploding stage firework struck a Spanish dancer during a town festival and killed her on Sept. 1, 2019.
Joana Sainz, 30, was performing with her 15-member group, Super Hollywood Orchestra, in Las Berlanas, a small town 80 miles northwest of Madrid. A pyrotechnic fired shards of its metal casing into her stomach, according to reports.
Group promoter Isidoro López stated, “nobody can explain it. We have been doing the same [act] for five years.”
The fireworks are like sparklers. They are supposed to last 15 to 20 seconds to “give a little show,” reported several news outlets.
It is possible that in this case, the manufacturer could have accidentally filled one of the sparklers with the wrong material, causing the metal casing to explode, according to López.
Footage of the incident showed that Sainz and the other group members were already on the stage before the explosion ended the concert abruptly.
Sainz was the group’s principal dancer and chief choreographer. She collapsed on the floor and her colleagues rushed to her side. A doctor and four nurses from the audience ran to try and help her.
The dancer was rushed to the hospital where she later died of her injuries.
Approximately 1,000 people gathered for the closing of the festival. It grew so popular, the closing had to be moved to the town square.
According to authorities, the accident occurred at 2 a.m.
The town of Las Berlanas posted a tribute to Sainz on its Facebook page.
“We want to pay our condolences to the family of Joana… of the Super Hollywood group who yesterday passed away, as well as to her group members. R.I.P Joana Sainz. You are in our memory.”
By Jeanette Smith
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