Wedding Drama Guests run for cover as groom's brother fire shots in the air during celebration

A wedding in Saudi Arabia almost turn tragic when the groom's brother began firing celebratory shots in the air with a Kalashnikov rifle, sending bullets bouncing off the walls.

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A wedding in Saudi Arabia almost turn tragic when the groom's brother began firing celebratory shots in the air with a Kalashnikov rifle, sending bullets bouncing off the walls.

Frightened guests dived for cover as the the brother of the groom lost control of the gun at the wedding reception which took place in the capital, Riyadh.

Firing guns in the air is a traditional way of celebrating special occasions in some parts of the country, and despite government efforts to stop it, the dangerous practice still persists.

The incident which was caught on camera, shows the wedding party making its way towards the wedding hall, when suddenly, the groom's brother starts shooting in the air.

In the short clip, the man is seen losing control of the rifle, and mistakenly fires at the wall, sending bullets spraying across the street.

As soon as he stops shooting, the video shows the guests attempt to reform a queue and act as if nothing untoward had happened, while resuming their slow procession to the wedding.

The 30-second clip, which is believed to have been filmed with a mobile phone, has been viewed nearly 140,000 times, and attracted several comments online.

Many of the commentators criticise the gunman, calling him irresponsible and unable to hold his rifle right. One user, KhalifASakar wrote: "It was highly irresponsible on his part. If he was so keen on his kind of jubilation, he should do it in an open space away from people.

"Even though I do not know much about firearms, I can tell you he was not holding his Kalashnikov correctly."

Another, Byzanti, said: "The police should use the video clip to identify the brother and apply the law.

"As long as there is no punishment, people will continue to act irresponsibly. Those who attempt to show off their firearm skills are usually cowards in real action."

Abu Atab posted: "The Kalashnikov man should be tied up alongside the family sheep until the wedding is over."

The Saudi government has been calling for an end to the local tradition of firing guns into the air to celebrate weddings and birthdays, which has often resulted in accidental deaths.

A government spokesman said: "Security agencies have been told to monitor wedding halls and places of celebration to prevent this sort of thing happening.

"Those that break the law will be severely punished. We are aware of this video and relevant authorities are looking into it."

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