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Fireball festival lights up Salvadoran town

2 September 2018

The town of El Salvador celebrated its annual fireball festival on Friday. Participants gather every year on this date in the town to commemorate a volcanic eruption that forced all of the residents to abandon the town.

They pelt each other with rags drenched in gasoline that have been rolled into tight flaming balls. There are two versions of this festival. One religious and the other traditional. The religious version is that when Saint Jerome was praying the devil distracted him and he threw fireballs at him. And, the traditional is from the eruption of the volcano in 1658.