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Dozens Still In Intensive Care After Armenia Rally Mishap

Gas balloons blew up during a Republican Party eleciton rally in Yerevan's Republic Square on May 4.
YEREVAN -- Twenty-five people remain in intensive care in Yerevan hospitals after gas-filled balloons exploded at a campaign rally in the Armenian capital on May 4.

The explosions occurred when scores of balloons were released into the air at a rally staged by President Serzh Sarkisian's Republican Party in Yerevan's central Republic Square.

One of the balloons burst into flames for as yet unknown reasons, igniting others which then fell on fire into the crowd, sending 154 people to hospital.

Tens of thousands of people had gathered for the rally in the run-up to parliamentary polls on May 6.

Despite the incident, Sarkisian addressed the rally with a speech.