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Festival of San Fermín

More than a dozen people have been injured in the opening days of northern Spain's iconic "running of the bulls"—though no participants have been gored or killed as of this morning. The event is held each morning during the weeklong Festival of San Fermín in the city of Pamplona.

The origins of the festival date back to the Middle Ages, though its modern form was made famous by author Ernest Hemingway's description in "The Sun Also Rises." Other parts of the celebration include fireworks, bullfighting, and parades. While between 50 and 100 injuries are reported each year from the bull runs, deaths are far less common. Fifteen people have been killed during the event since 1910—14 from the horns of bulls and one from being trapped in a crowd pileup.

The festival attracted 1.7 million visitors last year, following two years of cancellations due to the pandemic. See video from yesterday's chase here.

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