At least four people have been killed and more than 300 injured when a stand collapses during a bullfight in central Colombia.
The video of the swift collapse went viral on social media. It featured dozens of people teasing and playing a bull during the popular event called Corallejo. Suddenly, three floors of the stand collapsed, trapping hundreds of men, women and children.
Another drone footage of the horrific incident showed people trying to escape from the stands, while a bull kept roaming in the arena. As people shouted, some jumped out of their seats and rushed to help, trying to separate the wood and other debris.
In the traditional Corallejo event, members of the public entered the ring to engage the oxen. The tragedy occurred in El Espinal, a small town located about 95 miles southwest of Bogota. Every year, the mayor’s office and private parties in the area organize events to celebrate the Feast of St. Peter on 29 June.
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Bullring is made for a spectacle that originated on the Caribbean coast when Colombia was a Spanish colony. According to Washington PostThe bullring was made from gudua bamboo, and several levels were filled with spectators.
Speaking to the outlet, the head of the regional civil protection agency said, “The Gadua bamboo structure is very unstable. The organizers should have anticipated that this might happen.”
Separately, another civil defense official, Luis Fernando Velez, said he did not know how many people were still buried under the rubble. However, Mr. Velez noted that when it erected part of the stand was full.
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José Ricardo Orozco, the governor of the Tolima Department, has also said that the departmental government will take steps to ban Corlejus. He said the incident was dangerous and encouraged animal abuse.