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Thirty-five people died from electrocution and another 40 were injured late on Wednesday when a firework struck a high-voltage electricity cable in the southern Peruvian city of Arequipa, authorities said.

The Mayor of Arequipa, Roger Caceres, said the 10,000-watt cable crashed on to a crowd of 1,500 people, who were celebrating the city's 436th anniversary, shortly before midnight. It was, he said, a "freak accident". Television images showed charred bodies next to a burning pile of rubble where the cable hit one of Arequipa's central bridges. Reuter - Lima

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