Toro de fuego

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The "bull" in Ayerbe (Spain) is a frame carried by a strong man with a series of fireworks.
Close view of the frame, in Haro, La Rioja (Spain).

A toro de fuego ("fire bull"), also known as vaca loca ("crazy cow") in Peru and Ecuador, is a festive activity in which a bull-resembling metal frame, with fireworks attached to it, is set alight, and then a person carrying the frame runs around town at night as if chasing people in the streets. Participants dodge the bull-frame when it comes close, especially because the burning fireworks set off sparks that can cause small burns in people's skin or clothes. This activity is held in a number of Spanish towns during their local festivals. It is possible that this custom originated in the Toro embolado, in which a real bull is involved.

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