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Fireworks cache explodes in Mexico, killing 14
    2017-May-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

AN errant firecracker landed on a cache of fireworks and touched off a powerful explosion at a home in central Mexico, killing at least 14 people, 11 of them children, authorities said Tuesday.

Puebla state authorities reported that 22 others were injured in Monday night’s blast in the town of San Isidro, in Chilchotla municipality.

State officials 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 came from outside as part of a procession of an image of the local patron saint.

“One of the rockets that are being launched into the air doesn’t go up but falls instead, it turns ... and it touches down right there in the room where the pyrotechnic material was,” Puebla government secretary Diodoro Carrasco said in an interview with Milenio TV.

The ensuing blast blew out the walls and roof, destroying the home.

Cinco Radio posted a video on Twitter of a priest praying with community members, while images from 24 Morelos Noticias showed weeping residents hugging each other and walking through the wreckage of cinderblocks and twisted rebar.

Fireworks are a mainstay of holiday celebrations in Mexico, and accidental blasts are relatively common occurrences often with fatal consequences.

On Dec. 20, 2016, a particularly large chain-reaction explosion ripped through a fireworks market in Tultepec, on the northern outskirts of Mexico City, killing several dozen people.

(SD-Agencies)

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