4 Killed On Carnival Float: What Caused Brazilian Fire? [PHOTOS & REPORT]

By iScienceTimes Reporter on February 12, 2013 12:47 PM EST

4 killed on carnival float: Brazil holds parades that are fun, colorful and exciting.

Four were killed on a carnival float in the Brazilian port city of Santos on the morning of Feb. 11, while five people were injured.

The fire gave a "sombre tone" to the last day of carnival float celebrations throughout Brazil, which have been taken place since Friday. The float caught fire shortly after the Sangue Joven samba school ended its parade at dawn on Feb 11., according to an anonymous fire department official.

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Mayor of Santos Paulo Alexandre Barbosa suspended the parade following the incident, despite three schools having to still perform. The four killed on the carnival float died after the float struck a power line and caused it to short-circuit. It even knocked out the power -- lights went out in the city in homes and on the streets.

Santos, the port city where the float fire took place, is South America's biggest port. The carnivals that take place throughout Brazil this time of year are concentrated in Rio de Janeiro. The carnivals and parades are characterized by flashy, colorful costumes and music.

"This is a tragedy for our city," said Barbosa. "We cannot continue the parade in the current mood. This is a moment of extreme sadness."

The accident that caused four people to be killed on the carnival float is sparking political and legal concerns. Critics say that Brazil has to toughen enforcement of safety and fire codes throughout the country. Rage over fire regulation in Brazil due to the four killed on the carnival float is not isolated. A nightclub fire in January 2013 killed 239 people in southern Brazil.

Brazil, the site of the tragic deaths of four killed on carnival float, is put in a tough position. The world is watching them in anticipation of their hosting of the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. Looks like Brazil will have to overhaul both their image and their public safety and fire codes and keep moving forward.

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