Three people, including two children, died after their throats were slit by glass-coated kite strings during Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi, police said Wednesday.
In separate incidents, the two young children had been sticking their heads out of a car sunroof when the accidents occurred. A 22-year-old man died in a similar fashion while he was riding on a motorcycle.
Kite-flying is a popular activity during big celebrations in India, as is the related sport of kite-fighting, in which competitors try to cut the strings of their opponents.
Nylon strings that have been fortified with glass or metal have grown in popularity over the last few years due to their sharpness and their resistance to tearing.
New Delhi banned the sale of the reinforced strings on Tuesday, though according to a report from the Indian Express newspaper, several retailers continue to sell the strings without repercussions.