A Lag Ba’Omer bonfire exploded tonight at the Biale Hadlaka in Stamford Hill, London.
Before the Biale Rebbe lit the customary Lag Ba’Omer fire, he spoke of the significance of burning the Yetzer Hara, specifically mentioning the nisayon of smartphones. He then proceeded to place a phone into the fire and light it. The phone exploded on contact, ending the singing and dancing of all those gathered to celebrate the Hillula of R’ Shimon bar Yochai.
Hatzaloh gave medical attention to about twenty people who were injured in the blast.