25 people were killed when the celebratory gunfire took down a powerline setting a tent on fire and electrocuting the women and children inside as they tried to escape the blaze. Al Jazeera reports …
At least 25 people have been killed by electric shock in a wedding in eastern Saudi Arabia, civil defence officials and local media say.
Celebratory gunfire brought down an electric cable at a house in Ain Badr village where the wedding was held on Tuesday night, Abdullah Khashman, an Eastern Province official, said.
Thirty others were injured in the incident near Abqaiq, a centre of the Saudi energy industry.
Some Saudi media reports said the blaze erupted inside a tent, killing at least 23 women and children. The kingdom’s conservative codes require genders to be separated at most public events, including weddings.
The media cited civil defence officials as saying that celebratory gunfire brought down a power line that touched off the fire.