Photo: Fireball Fight in El Salvador
Salvadorans throw fiery, gasoline-soaked rags at one another in the streets in El Salvador as part of an annual festival in honor of a volcanic eruption in 1922.
Residents in the town of Nejapa, located some 18 miles north of San Salvador, gather every August 31 to hurl fireballs at one another in honor of a huge volcanic eruption in 1922 that forced all of the residents to abandon the town.
Local churches and their worshippers have embraced the tradition with urban legend saying that the hot lava that flowed from the volcano was actually the local Christian Saint Jeronimo fighting the devil with balls of fire.
The fireball hurling is meant to remember the old town which was destroyed in the battle.
The festivities have been going on for over a decade and consist of opposing groups launching palm-sized fireballs at each other.