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Fireworks kill two, maim one

The tradition of letting off fireworks on Easter Saturday to celebrate the resurrection of Christ resulted in the death of two men, aged 39 and 30, on the island of Rhodes and the serious injury of a 7-year-old boy from Halkida, north of Athens.

On Rhodes, a 39-year-old farmer and a 30-year-old forklift driver were fatally wounded when an explosive device they had been trying to detonate went off in their hands. Police said the two friends died instantly. The 7-year-old from Halkida was in critical condition on Sunday after a firework thrown by a local man hit him in the face.

The boy had been standing outside the town?s main church, where his father is a priest, when the firework thrown by a 25-year-old reveler hit him. He was transferred to the Aghia Sofia children?s hospital in Athens, where doctors failed to save one of his eyes and were struggling to keep him alive on Monday night.

The 25-year-old has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm.