Pamplona (Spain), 8 July: Fighting bulls knocked over thrill-seekers today in a fast, adrenaline-fueled chase that left four injured in Spain’s San Fermin festival.
A firework set off the race, sending the six bulls and six steers thundering through cobbled streets to the bull ring of the northern city of Pamplona.
Thousands of people fled as the sharp-horned beasts charged along the winding 848.6-metre (2,800-feet) course in a quick two minutes and 25 seconds.
“We did not realise how big they would be. They were massive. They once turned round and came back again. Oh my God, it was crazy, indescribable,” said 25-year-old Scot Ellis of London, who was with a group of friends.
Four people were hospitalised but none had been skewered by the bulls’ horns, regional health authorities said.
It was the second bull run of the San Fermin festival, a heady nine-day mix of partying and derring do that draws hundreds of thousands from around the world.
As tens of thousands of spectators looked on, many watching from overhanging balconies, runners dressed in traditional white with red kerchiefs fled the charging animals. AFP