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[0] Chinese New Year tragedy.

At least 37 people were killed in a stampede at a lantern festival celebration marking the end of China's Lunar New Year in a town outside the Chinese capital of Beijing yesterday.

Many of the victims suffocated, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Wu Kun, a spokesman for the Beijing city government, said: 'There could even be more people dead. It's still a very confusing scene up there.'

The accident happened in Miyun County, a far-flung northern suburb of Beijing. Wu said: 'One person fell down on a grate in the park and caused many people to fall down. There was a stampede. It was a lot of people. I'm not sure how many. These things are packed.'

'All of the tourists in the lantern exhibition have departed safely,' he said.

The Lantern Festival marks the last night of the Lunar New Year celebration.
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