Fireworks explosion in Mexico kills at least 14

Blast occurs in San Isidro, Chilchotla, during preparations for local festival next week

 

At least 14 people were killed, including five children, and scores more were injured in an explosion at a house where fireworks were stored in central Mexico’s Puebla state, authorities said on Tuesday.

The blast occurred on Monday night in San Isidro, Chilchotla, during preparations for a local festival next week.

“A group of people lived in the house where the pyrotechnic material was stored for use in the festivities. A firework launched by someone outside [the house] fell on top of the fireworks, causing the explosion that knocked down the home,” the government of Puebla said in a statement.

Nine people were killed on the spot and five more died after being taken to nearby hospitals. Earlier, 30 people were reported injured.

Difficult to prevent

A senior official in the Puebla state government, Diodoro Carrasco, told a local radio station that despite state laws on storing fireworks it was difficult to prevent these types of incidents.

A series of massive explosions destroyed a fireworks market outside the Mexican capital in December, killing at least 35 people, injuring dozens and leaving the market a charred wasteland.

Reuters