Mortal Combat: El Salvador’s Fireball Street Fight

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Image: Rodolfo Villeda

It looks like a war zone or at least a riot in full swing. Fireballs tear through the streets painting the night air orange as young men, their faces emblazoned with fearsome patterns, prowl the streets waging in pitched battles against one another.


Image: Mario Pleitez

Scorched earth policy: Blazing trails as proceedings get fiery.

The incendiary missiles explode on impact – sometimes in the faces of their targets. Pyromaniacs take note. If you love fire – and fireworks or trick or treat are too tame for your taste buds – you’ll be blown away by the Bolas de Fuego festival in El Salvador.

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Image: Rodolfo

Scorched earth policy: Blazing trails as proceedings get fiery.

Every August 31, the El Salvadorian town of Nejapa is set alight by Bolas de Fuego, meaning balls of fire – though some might consider balls of steel equally essential for taking part.

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