Deadly fireworks accident strikes Mexico town

At least 11 people dead and dozens injured as truck loaded with fireworks explodes during religious procession.

    Deadly fireworks accident strikes Mexico town
    One witness in the town of Jesus Tepactepec said he saw "bodies flying" as people ran for cover [AFP]

    A truck loaded with fireworks has exploded during a religious procession in rural village of central Mexico, killing at
    least 11 people and injuring dozens more, authorities said.

    The blast was set off on Friday when a firework malfunctioned and landed on the truck, igniting the fireworks it carried, officials said.

    Seventy people were burned or had other injuries, and at least 45 were taken to hospitals, authorities in the neighbouring states of Tlaxcala and Puebla said.

    The victims were marching in a procession for the patron saint of Jesus Tepactepec, a village of about 1,000 people in Tlaxcala, state civil protection director Jose Mateo Morales said.

    Fireworks are a typical feature of Mexican holidays and religious celebrations but they often are manufactured, stored and transported under unsafe conditions, and the country sees periodic fatal explosions.

    SOURCE: AP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Why America's Russia hysteria is dangerous

    Why America's Russia hysteria is dangerous

    The US exaggerating and obsessing about foreign threats seems quite similar to what is happening in Russia.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months