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Dozens injured in Indonesia balloon blast, ministers unscathed

Publication Date : 01-03-2013

 

More than 20 people were injured after overheated balloons exploded at an event in West Jakarta that was attended by Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and a host of Cabinet ministers.

The event, the launch of a culinary centre hosted by the Indosiar television station, was also attended by Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi, Manpower and Transmigration  Minister Muhaimin Iskandar, Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Syarif Hasan and Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi.

The officials were eating lunch in a VIP area behind the main stage when the 250 balloons suddenly exploded at noon.

Gamawan immediately left the venue, while the other officials continued their lunch, apparently unaware of the injured.

 

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