Blast at Mexico fireworks warehouse kills at least 14

Geneva Matthews
Мая 10, 2017

The death toll stands at 14 and 22 people were injured, officials say.

According to Diodoro Carrasco, a senior official in the Puebla state government quoted by Reuters, it is hard to prevent these kinds of accidents despite the existence of state laws on storing fireworks.

The explosion killed nine people and destroyed the home that the fireworks had been stored in.

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

This image made drone video footage shows smoke billowing from the San Pablito Market, where an explosion ripped through a fireworks market in Tultepec, Mexico on 21st December 2016.

An explosion at a fireworks warehouse in Mexico has killed at least 14 people and wounded 22 in the second such tragedy in a matter of months.

There have been at least two other deadly pyrotechnic blasts in the country since then, including one at a home in Tultepec and another at a fireworks workshop in the central state of Tlaxcala, which borders Puebla. "Majority died due to the collapse of the building they were in", he said.

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Accidents involving the manufacture of fireworks are common in Mexico.

Saints' days, Christmas and New Year parties in many Latin American countries often wrap up with a fireworks free-for-all.

Both those accidents left dozens injured, but no fatalities.

"It is very hard to review and oversee the cases of the whole state and more so in the mountain communities that have this tradition and have an intense program of patron fiestas".

Fireworks were being stored for the municipal festival on May 15.

"Unfortunately we can not be in all places at all times", he added, "and like last night, accidents happen".

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