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Pics: Chupinazo marks start of Pamplona fiestas

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Pamplona - Jubilant crowds filled Pamplona's main square as the traditional “Chupinazo”, a firecracker in the shape of a rocket, burst into the sky, marking the beginning of the northern Spanish city's week-long San Fermin festival.

The festival, which draws spectators from around the world, features daily morning bull runs where the animals are led by runners through the city's streets.

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A runner sprints in front of Fuente Ymbro fighting bulls at the Estafeta corner during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.The municipal band plays at the town square at the start of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.Revellers celebrate during the start of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.Revellers hold up traditional red scarves during the start of the San Fermin festival on Paseo Sarasate street in Pamplona.Revellers cool off with water thrown from a balcony during the start of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.Runners sprint in front of Fuente Ymbro fighting bulls near the entrance to the bullring, during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

Revellers in white T-shirts and trousers held up red handkerchiefs, waiting to tie the garment around their necks after organisers fired the “Chupinazo” at midday.

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