Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain

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Running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain

Revelers from around the world arrive in Pamplona, Spain, to take part in the San Fermin festival, the eight days of the running of the bulls glorified by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises." Warning: Graphic content See gallery

Runners make their way through the street with "El Pilar" fighting bulls as people watch from their balconies during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, Friday.


The nine-day fiesta — a heady mix of alcohol, daily bull runs, all-night partying and adrenaline — was immortalized in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises."


An American and two Spaniards were gored Friday during a danger-filled sixth bull run of the festival, with one loose bull causing panic in the packed city streets.
 

Dozens of people are injured each year in the "encierros," as the runs are called in Spanish. Most are hurt after tripping and falling in the rush.
 

The fighting bulls used in the centuries-old fiesta can weigh up to 1,380 pounds and have killed 15 people since record-keeping began in 1924.

 

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report

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2013 San Fermin fiesta opens in Pamplona

Revelers are sprayed with water during the launch of the "Chupinazo" rocket to celebrate the opening of the 2013 San Fermin fiesta.

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Pamplona celebrates the San Fermin festival

An Alcurrucen's ranch fighting bull runs toward revelers during the running of the bulls in Pamplona on Sunday, July 7.

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Running with the bulls in Pamplona

Runners fall as they flee from Victoriano del Rio fighting bulls and steers during the fourth running of the bulls.

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Pamplona celebrates the running of the bulls

Revelers run in Ayuntamiento square during the fourth running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival on Wednesday.

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Bull and man face off in Pamplona

A reveler reaches out to a fighting bull in Pamplona, Spain.

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Man gored in leg by bull in Pamplona

A runner is gored by a bull on Estafeta street during the sixth running of the bulls.

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Pamplona celebrates running of the bulls

Revelers relax in a park on Saturday, July 6, the first day of the festival.

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Bullfighter prepares to take on bull

Spanish bullfighter David Mora, left, prepares with assistants before entering the bullring at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

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Bullfighting during the San Fermin festival

A bullring worker watches the fourth bullfight of the San Fermin festival on July 10.

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Bullfighting during the San Fermin festival

Spanish bullfighter Antonio Nazare performs with an Alcurrucen fighting bull during the festival.

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Bullfighting aftermath in Pamplona

A dead bull is forklifted after taking part in a bullfight at Pamplona's bullring.

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