At least 15 people suffered burn injuries after nitrogen balloons burst during a religious congregation in Sector 34 on Sunday. The injured were rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Sector 32, where they were provided first aid. Hospital officials said all of them were discharged immediately from the hospital as none of them had major injuries. According to the police, the incident happened in the evening after nitrogen balloons got stuck in the bulb and the instant heat led to the explosion of the balloon. There were 6,000 people present at the congregation. Most of the injured were students of Ellen Institute in Sector 34.
Hospital sources said that they received 15 students with most of them suffering injuries to their hands. “All of them are stable and no one is critical,” said a hospital official. “The age group of those injured was 18-52 years.”
Inspector Ajay Kumar, SHO of Sector 34 police station, said that the organisers told the police that they were planning to fly around 60-70 balloons during the function. “Some of them suddenly got stuck with an electric pole and they burst. No one has given any complaint to us so far. We are investigating the matter further,” he said.