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Woman scalded after Fasnacht witch cauldron mishap

A young woman is in hospital after her legs were scalded by boiling water from a witches’ cauldron at a carnival parade.

German police are looking for two people dressed as witches in connection with the incident, which happened on Saturday night in the town of Eppingen.

Heilbronn police spokesman Achim Kueller told the dpa news agency that the “witches” were on a float with a cauldron of boiling water being used as a prop.

A group of spectators had carried the 18-year-old to the cauldron, possibly as a joke, according to a report by SWR radio.

Then one person dressed as a witch lifted the young woman up and, as she was held over the cauldron, her legs went into the boiling water up to her knees.

The two suspects fled and are wanted for negligent bodily harm and failure to provide assistance.

The victim suffered severe scalding and is expected to be in the hospital for at least a week.

Eppingen, a town of 21,000, is northwest of Stuttgart and was holding its annual Fasnacht celebration.

Some 77 groups were involved in the parade, which marks the start of the traditional fasting period prior to Easter.

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