'Fireworks and Blood'. This is The Pamplona Festival in Spain

Published July 8th, 2019 - 06:28 GMT

Pamplona's famous running of the bulls festival was opened on 6 July 2019, by the blast of a traditional firework, marking the start of nine days of uninterrupted partying. 

The 'Chupinazo' was blasted at 12pm local time in Pamploma, a city in northern Spain, to announce the start of the eight-day San Fermin fiesta.

However, five people were hospitalized after the opening bull run of this year’s San Fermin festival according to the officials in Spain.

Animal rights campaigners have protested earlier one of the first fights of Pamplona's controversial San Fermin festival.

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Spanish matador Alberto Lopez Simon performs a pass to a Puerto de San Lorenzo's fighting bull during the first bullfight of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, on July 7, 2019.  JAIME REINA / AFP

Spanish matador Alberto Lopez Simon performs a pass to a Puerto de San Lorenzo's fighting bull during the first bullfight of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, on July 7, 2019. JAIME REINA / AFP

People look at the procession of Pamplona´s patron Saint Fermin on the first day of the San Fermin bullrun festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 7, 2019. ANDER GILLENEA / AFP

People look at the procession of Pamplona´s patron Saint Fermin on the first day of the San Fermin bullrun festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 7, 2019. ANDER GILLENEA / AFP

Revellers wait for the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019.  ANDER GILLENEA / AFP

Revellers wait for the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019. ANDER GILLENEA / AFP

On each day of the festival six bulls are released at 8:00 a.m. (0600 GMT) to run from their corral through the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town over an 850-meter (yard) course. Ahead of them are the runners, who try to stay close to the bulls without falling over or being gored.  JAIME REINA / AFP

On each day of the festival six bulls are released at 8:00 a.m. (0600 GMT) to run from their corral through the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town over an 850-meter (yard) course. Ahead of them are the runners, who try to stay close to the bulls without falling over or being gored. JAIME REINA / AFP

A participant receives medical assistance during the first bull-run of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 7, 2019. JAIME REINA / AFP

A participant receives medical assistance during the first bull-run of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 7, 2019. JAIME REINA / AFP

A runner falls next to Puerto de San Lorenzo fighting bulls during the first bull-run of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 7, 2019. JAIME REINA / AFP

A runner falls next to Puerto de San Lorenzo fighting bulls during the first bull-run of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 7, 2019. JAIME REINA / AFP

A reveller celebrates during the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019.  ANDER GILLENEA / AFP

A reveller celebrates during the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019. ANDER GILLENEA / AFP

Revellers celebrate during the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019.  ANDER GILLENEA / AFP

Revellers celebrate during the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019. ANDER GILLENEA / AFP

Revellers celebrate during the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019.  PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP

Revellers celebrate during the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019. PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP

Pro-animal rights activists lie on the ground during a protest against bullfighting and bull-running called by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) pro-animal group on the eve of the San Fermin festivities in the Northern Spanish city of Pamplona on July 5, 2019.  ANDER GILLENEA / AFP

Pro-animal rights activists lie on the ground during a protest against bullfighting and bull-running called by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) pro-animal group on the eve of the San Fermin festivities in the Northern Spanish city of Pamplona on July 5, 2019. ANDER GILLENEA / AFP

Spanish matador Emilio de Justo stabs a Puerto de San Lorenzo's fighting bull with a sword during the first bullfight of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, on July 7, 2019.  JAIME REINA / AFP

Spanish matador Emilio de Justo stabs a Puerto de San Lorenzo's fighting bull with a sword during the first bullfight of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, on July 7, 2019. JAIME REINA / AFP

Spanish matador Alberto Lopez Simon performs a pass to a Puerto de San Lorenzo's fighting bull during the first bullfight of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, on July 7, 2019.  JAIME REINA / AFP
People look at the procession of Pamplona´s patron Saint Fermin on the first day of the San Fermin bullrun festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 7, 2019. ANDER GILLENEA / AFP
Revellers wait for the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019.  ANDER GILLENEA / AFP
On each day of the festival six bulls are released at 8:00 a.m. (0600 GMT) to run from their corral through the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town over an 850-meter (yard) course. Ahead of them are the runners, who try to stay close to the bulls without falling over or being gored.  JAIME REINA / AFP
A participant receives medical assistance during the first bull-run of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 7, 2019. JAIME REINA / AFP
A runner falls next to Puerto de San Lorenzo fighting bulls during the first bull-run of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 7, 2019. JAIME REINA / AFP
A reveller celebrates during the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019.  ANDER GILLENEA / AFP
Revellers celebrate during the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019.  ANDER GILLENEA / AFP
Revellers celebrate during the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019.  PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP
Pro-animal rights activists lie on the ground during a protest against bullfighting and bull-running called by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) pro-animal group on the eve of the San Fermin festivities in the Northern Spanish city of Pamplona on July 5, 2019.  ANDER GILLENEA / AFP
Spanish matador Emilio de Justo stabs a Puerto de San Lorenzo's fighting bull with a sword during the first bullfight of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, on July 7, 2019.  JAIME REINA / AFP
Spanish matador Alberto Lopez Simon performs a pass to a Puerto de San Lorenzo's fighting bull during the first bullfight of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, on July 7, 2019.  JAIME REINA / AFP
Spanish matador Alberto Lopez Simon performs a pass to a Puerto de San Lorenzo's fighting bull during the first bullfight of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, on July 7, 2019. JAIME REINA / AFP
People look at the procession of Pamplona´s patron Saint Fermin on the first day of the San Fermin bullrun festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 7, 2019. ANDER GILLENEA / AFP
People look at the procession of Pamplona´s patron Saint Fermin on the first day of the San Fermin bullrun festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 7, 2019. ANDER GILLENEA / AFP
Revellers wait for the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019.  ANDER GILLENEA / AFP
Revellers wait for the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019. ANDER GILLENEA / AFP
On each day of the festival six bulls are released at 8:00 a.m. (0600 GMT) to run from their corral through the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town over an 850-meter (yard) course. Ahead of them are the runners, who try to stay close to the bulls without falling over or being gored.  JAIME REINA / AFP
On each day of the festival six bulls are released at 8:00 a.m. (0600 GMT) to run from their corral through the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town over an 850-meter (yard) course. Ahead of them are the runners, who try to stay close to the bulls without falling over or being gored. JAIME REINA / AFP
A participant receives medical assistance during the first bull-run of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 7, 2019. JAIME REINA / AFP
A participant receives medical assistance during the first bull-run of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 7, 2019. JAIME REINA / AFP
A runner falls next to Puerto de San Lorenzo fighting bulls during the first bull-run of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 7, 2019. JAIME REINA / AFP
A runner falls next to Puerto de San Lorenzo fighting bulls during the first bull-run of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 7, 2019. JAIME REINA / AFP
A reveller celebrates during the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019.  ANDER GILLENEA / AFP
A reveller celebrates during the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019. ANDER GILLENEA / AFP
Revellers celebrate during the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019.  ANDER GILLENEA / AFP
Revellers celebrate during the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019. ANDER GILLENEA / AFP
Revellers celebrate during the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019.  PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP
Revellers celebrate during the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 6, 2019. PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP
Pro-animal rights activists lie on the ground during a protest against bullfighting and bull-running called by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) pro-animal group on the eve of the San Fermin festivities in the Northern Spanish city of Pamplona on July 5, 2019.  ANDER GILLENEA / AFP
Pro-animal rights activists lie on the ground during a protest against bullfighting and bull-running called by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) pro-animal group on the eve of the San Fermin festivities in the Northern Spanish city of Pamplona on July 5, 2019. ANDER GILLENEA / AFP
Spanish matador Emilio de Justo stabs a Puerto de San Lorenzo's fighting bull with a sword during the first bullfight of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, on July 7, 2019.  JAIME REINA / AFP
Spanish matador Emilio de Justo stabs a Puerto de San Lorenzo's fighting bull with a sword during the first bullfight of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, on July 7, 2019. JAIME REINA / AFP