THIS is the horror moment a firework display misfired into a crowd at a Bastille Day celebration, killing a seven-year-old boy and his sister.
Huge crowds had gathered in Cholet, France, for the annual festivities when rockets began shooting toward the swarms of people.
Dramatic footage captured the moment the spectacular show in the sky turned sinister, leaving families running for their lives.
Screams and cries can be heard in the harrowing clip that was taken at the gathering on July 14, which was held to commemorate the start of the French Revolution.
Witnesses described flames sparking on the grass as parents desperately clung to their kids shortly after 11pm.
The seven-year-old boy and his older sister, 24, had been standing around fifty yards from the firework launchpad, according to Cholet prosecutor Éric Bouillard.
The unidentified siblings were tragically both killed after being struck by the fireworks on Thursday.
Seven other attendees were injured in the chaos, while a 29-year-old man was also hospitalised with burns.
He is believed to have been a relative of the siblings, according to reports.
A manslaughter investigation has now been launched in wake of the fatal fireworks display.
Around 70 firefighters in 15 vehicles rushed to the scene in western France, Cholet mayor Gilles Bourdouleix said.
He said the occasion marks the first time there has ever been a malfunction at the town’s renowned fireworks display.
Laurent Picard told how he was forced to “shield” his daughters, eight and 13, when the fireworks launch pad appeared to explode.
The dad told BFMTV: “I was 5/6 meters from the explosion with my two daughters. Sparks hit me and felt the heat of the blast.
“Fortunately, where I was placed I served as a shield for my daughters in a way.”
He also claimed to see a woman receiving CPR from paramedics and another person who had been blown off their feet lying on the ground.
Bouillard said today: “The majority of the public was located 150 m and more from the launch pad.
“The bomb disposal experts have already been heard and all the equipment has been seized for the purposes of the investigation.”
Well-wishers paid tribute to the two siblings and others affected at the event on social media.
One wrote in a tweet: “Courage to the loved ones to lose 2 children at the same time.
“This is supposed to be a festive moment and turns into a nightmare. Sincere condolences to the family.”
Another added: “My thoughts go out to this 8-year-old boy and his 25-year-old sister, to their family, they both passed away tonight during the #Cholet fireworks!
“The national holiday will never be the same for the victims of this terrible accident.”
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