Fireworks cache explodes in Mexico, killing at least 12

Mexico At least 14 dead 22 injured in firework warehouse explosion in Chilchotla
14 dead in huge fireworks explosion in Mexico
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13 May, 2017

A resident arranges votive candles and a religious image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the site of the explosion in San Isidro, Chilchotla, Mexico.

He said as many as 11 of the fatalities may be minors.

The area is located around 200 km south-east of Mexico City.

The explosion left 22 people injured, including three children who were in serious condition, an official in the state governor's office, Javier Lozano, told reporters.

"A group of people lived in the house where we had pyrotechnics for festivals". It was later reported that another five people had died in the hospital.

During the high season between August and Christmas, people in Mexico state buy more than 100 tons of fireworks, according to officials there.

Adriano Serrano Rosas, the owner of the house that was leveled, said he lost three children and two grandchildren, all of them between 4 and 18 years old.

At least 14, including five children, have died following an explosion in a fireworks warehouse in Mexico, according to reports. Fireworks vendors and manufacturers said it will duplicate the previous market in size, with space for 300 vendors.

The explosion, which was heard 10 kilometers away, took nine members of the Serrano family and destroyed their house.

It is thought that at least 30 people have been injured.

State governor Antonio Gali Fayad, who plans to visit the scene of the accident, expressed his condolences overnight as the scope of the tragedy became clear.

The fireworks explosion on Monday is one of a few that have happened in Mexico in recent years. The market had seen two explosions in 2005 and 2006.


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