1st bull run in Pamplona in 3 years takes place; no gorings
The first bull run in three years at the San Fermin festival in the Spanish city of Pamplona took place early Thursday. No one was gored, but several runners endured knocks and hard falls as tens of thousands partygoers reveled in the return of one of Europe's most famous traditional events.
The six bulls, guided by six tame oxen, charged through Pamplona's streets in around 2 minutes, 35 seconds without provoking too much carnage among the thousands of people cramming the course. Several runners were stomped, trampled or shoved to the cobblestone pavement. At least two men were smacked in the head by the broadside of a horn, but none suffered a skewering.
The Pamplona hospital said that six people needed to be brought in for treatment. Those included a 30-year-old American man who fractured the radius and ulna of his left arm and one 16-year-old Spanish boy who lost a part of a finger in the bullring, where a pile-up of runners occurred just in its entry point. The other four injured were Spanish men between 19 and 45 years old.
This was the first of eight early morning bull runs that are followed by massive drinking, eating and attending cultural events for the rest of the day.