A honeymoon party accidentally triggered a buried WWI bomb in Ukraine, injuring the bride and killing her brother

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A view of the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine. Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images

  • A buried WWI bomb exploded after a newlywed couple started a bonfire nearby, the Daily Mail reported.

  • The bride suffered serious injuries, and her brother and another person died, the report said.

  • The bomb is thought to be from a 1916 offensive waged by Russia against Austria-Hungary, per the Mail.

A honeymoon party accidentally triggered a buried World War I bomb at a campsite in Ukraine, seriously injuring the bride and killing two others, the Daily Mail reported Sunday.

It took place last month at the Carpathian Mountains where Norbert Varga and Lidiia Makarchuk were celebrating their marriage with their friends and family, the report said.

The couple and ten others, including two children, were gathered around a bonfire telling stories and drinking tea when the bomb detonated, the Mail and a GoFundMe page for the couple said.

“They started a fire to keep warm, in a place where many other campers had started a fire previously,” the GoFundMe page said. “Suddenly, there was an explosion that came from the ground underneath the fire.”

It was initially unclear where the explosion came from, the GoFundMe page said, adding that it was later confirmed that “the explosion was indeed caused by an undetonated WWI bomb.”

The bomb is thought to be from the time of the Brusilov Offensive in 1916, a campaign waged by Russia against Austria-Hungary, the Mail reported.

The newlywed woman suffered major burns to her face, hands, and legs, while her brother Myroslav and another man at the party died from their injuries after it took emergency service 90 minutes to arrive, the Mail reported.

Makarchuk told the Mail that she was just telling her party the story of how she met her husband at church in 2019 when the bomb went off.

“In one second I felt like someone had taken a rock and thrown it in my face, in my nose especially,” Makarchuk told the Mail. “Then I had a whistling in my ears followed by a silence where I could hear only myself. I turned away and covered my face with my hands and started praying for myself.”

“Then I realized it wasn’t just me. Everyone was moaning, everyone was in pain,” she said.

Makarchuk also said she could hear her brother’s gasps for air, and that she regrets not telling him that she loved him.

Varga, who is a keen photographer, was not at the campfire at the time of the explosion because he had gone to his tent to grab his camera, the Mail reported.

“While I was packing my equipment the sound of an explosion and screams broke the silence. I ran to the bonfire as fast as I could, screaming Lidiia’s name,” he said, according to the Mail.

“War movies are the closest thing to what I experienced that night, I will never forget it.”

Makarchuk is still receiving treatment for her injuries, the Mail reported.

More than £26,000 ($35,000) has been raised for the couple so far, according to the GoFundMe page.

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