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Elderly man dies after kite that fell out of the sky slammed into him

By Mason White 2:49 PM June 3, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) An elderly man is dead after being hit by a kite at a festival, doctors in Japan said.

The incident unfolded in Higashiomi on Sunday, when a giant kite suddenly fell into a crowd of people, killing 73-year-old Junichi Yoshii.

A video taken at the festival showed the kite that weighed 1,500 pounds, falling into the crowd of spectators at a park. Four people were injured at the annual Big Kite festival, including a 7-year-old boy.

The elderly man was rushed to a hospital, where he died on Tuesday, doctors confirmed.

The mayor of the city where the festival took place, said that he sincerely apologizes to visitors and residents for what happened on Sunday.

Police have launched an investigation into the case on charges of negligence, but so far, no arrests have been made.