Asked about the circumstances of the accident, the prosecutor mentioned a “shooting incident”, without further details. “It’s way too early” to say more, he added. Laurent Picard, who came to the fireworks with his two daughters aged 8 and 13, witnessed the accident, of which he posted some video images on Facebook. “I was 5/6 meters from the explosion with my two daughters, I received sparks and felt the heat of the blast”he testified to AFP. “Fortunately, where I was placed, I served as a shield for my daughters in a way”.
At the end of this video of a little over a minute, we see what looks like the explosion of a rocket among a small crowd massed behind a fence, then shouts and people running in all directions, while flames are visible on the ground. Despite the incident, the fireworks were completed and the crowd dispersed, he said.