Fireworks cache explodes in Mexico, killing at least 12

Posted May 10, 2017

At least 14 people have been killed - including 11 children - and scores more injured in a powerful explosion at a house where fireworks were stored in central Mexico's Puebla state, authorities say.

The Puebla state government reports that five of the dead are children.

It said the fireworks had been stored inside a home behind a church ahead of a May 15 religious celebration, and the firecracker that set off the explosion was launched by someone outside. Numerous victims were inside the two-story house, which was leveled by the blast.

There are people who live in the building where the fireworks were being stored, it said.

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 house was destroyed and nine people were killed, three more died in hospital.

Army troops and government officials cordoned off the blast site as ambulances rush in to collect the wounded.

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The fireworks explosion in San Isidro, a village 170 miles east of Mexico City, is the second incident in recent months.

The use of fireworks during holiday festivities is very common in Mexico, sometimes with fatal consequences.

In that catastrophe, the sky filled with multicolored smoke as the San Pablito market echoed with the crack and thunder of exploding fireworks.

Saints' days, Christmas and New Year parties in many Latin American countries often wrap up with a fireworks free-for-all. The explosion at the market in December was not the first in the area.

Both those accidents left dozens injured, but no fatalities.

The fireworks industry reports almost Dollars 10 million a month in revenue in Mexico.