A parade turned tragic when 4 were killed on a Carnival float. The parade float sparked a fire when it touched a power cable, and thousands were left without electricity. The BBC shared the news of the tragedy on Feb. 12.
The float that sparked the fire belonged to the Sangue Jovem, a samba group comprised primarily of Santos Football Club fans. The float was designed as a tribute to the legendary football player Pele, and there had been many children on top of the float during the parade. Luckily they had left it just before the float hit the power cable and caused a short-circuit.
Yahoo! News reports that three of the victims were pushing the float when it struck the power cable, and a female parade watcher was the fourth victim. There were also five injured. The Sangue Jovem group had just finished the parade, but three schools remained when the tragedy happened and the rest of the parade was immediately canceled. Santos Mayor Paulo Alexandre Barbosa noted that the incident that resulted in 4 being killed on the Carnival float is a tragedy for the city, which is a port city with a population of about 420,000 residents.