Madrid: A bull leapt out of the arena at a bullring in northern Spain and charged into a crowd of terrified spectators, injuring some 30 people, Spanish media has said.
Spanish television showed dramatic images of screaming spectators, including children, frantically trying to avoid the animal after it hurdled a security barrier that surrounds the arena as well as a fence and clambered up the crowded stands.
The incident occurred on Wednesday evening in the bullring in the town of Tafalla, in the Navarra region.
Some 30 people were injured, the local Diario de Navarra newspaper said.
Most suffered cuts and bruises or shock, but one man was gored in the back and a 10-year-old boy was being examined at a hospital in the nearby town of Pamplona after suffering multiple bruises.
Several employees of the bullring finally managed to get control of the bull after about 15 minutes, and it was killed and removed by a crane.
"I was terrified. I ran out of the stadium, crying," one young woman told Basque television.
The incident did not take place during a traditional bullfight but during a contest of "recortadores", in which participants try to avoid the bull while staying as close to it as possible.
Mundotoro, a Spanish website that specialises in bullfighting, said the bull was about to be removed from the arena as it was under performing when it decided to leap into the crowd.
Such incidents are very unusual at bullfights. Although the animals occasionally manage to clamber over the security barrier they very rarely get into the stands.
Yesterday`s incident came amid intense debate in Spain over the centuries-old tradition of bullfighting in Spain.