Three children and three adults were killed when their throats were slit by kite strings during a weekend festival in the Indian state of Gujarat.
The casualties occurred at the annual Uttarayan festival, where revelers are known to engage in kite fights, in which competitors aim to sever the kite strings of other opponents, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.
The dangerous kite strings are often coated with glass powder, or even lined with metal, making them razor-sharp.
Local officials said several victims bled to death after having their necks sliced by the strings used by kite fliers.
A further 176 participants were injured after suffering cuts and falls while flying kites, police said,
Kite strings are often coated with glass powder, making them sharp enough to slice through the strings of rivals during kite fights.