Greek Easter celebrations leave 1 dead

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Associated Press

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 21 at 11:33 PM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say one person has died and several have been seriously injured in separate incidents during Easter celebrations.

Three U.S. citizens are among the injured, including one in critical condition.

Police said Monday a 25-year-old died on the island of Crete Sunday during an Easter feast as one of the fellow revelers shot him unintentionally.

Most of the other incidents involved the ritual of exploding fireworks as soon as Christ's Resurrection is celebrated around midnight Saturday.

An improvised firework exploding outside a church on the island of Santorini injured seven people, including three U.S. citizens. All the Americans and one Greek were transported to a hospital in Crete. A 51-year-old American woman remains in critical condition following abdominal surgery, the hospital's chief told Greek media Monday.

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