Parade during the Fastnacht, the Swabian-alemannic carnival in Ettenheim, Germany January 2017

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Giant components of Germany come to a standstill for carnival

Police in south-west Germany are investigating after an 18-year-old spectator suffered second-degree burns at an annual “witches’ parade”.

Some witnesses stated that the girl was carried to a cauldron in jest earlier than being thrown knee-deep into sizzling water.

Others current reported the girl was held over the cauldron on the carnival in Eppingen on Saturday, police stated.

The screaming girl was deserted on the roadside by the “witches”, they stated.

She was later taken to hospital.

Police say they’ve secured the cauldron concerned, which was heated over a wood-burning range, all carried on a cart.

A few of those that had been a part of the group of witches have been recognized, the police assertion stated.

The witches’ guild of Eppingen, which organises the occasion, stated it was deeply shocked by the incident.

The parade has been working since 2003.