"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

Exploding hydrogen balloons at Armenian political rally injure many

The promotional balloons were decorated with the governing party's election slogan "Let's believe in change".

The emergencies ministry said 144 people suffered burns when scores of balloons burst into flames at a concert staged by President Serzh Sarkisian's Republican party in Yerevan's central Republic Square.

"The balloons exploded and caught fire after people holding the bunches released them from their hands into the air," a witness told AFP.

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosions although police said they were looking into various potential reasons including the "improper storage of flammable substances".

E.g.... inside balloons.

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9 Responses:

  1. Will says:

    Oh, the humanity.

  2. anyfoo says:

    "Helium, Hydrogen, what's the difference!"

    • Different Jamie says:

      My favorite thing about chemistry is that it is is happy to help out with a demonstration of the difference.

      • Andrew says:

        Sterling Archer must have had a mission in Armenia right before the Skytanic episode

  3. color looks more like they used natural gas, or a mix of it and helium, its lighter than air too but not as much.

  4. mrbill says:

    And people want to fuel their cars with stuff.

  5. Rick says:

    Turkeys CAN fly.