Fireworks explosion in Mexico kills 14, mostly children

By Mike Bambach  |  May 9, 2017 at 11:00 PM
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May 9 (UPI) -- An explosion killed at least 14 people in Mexico when an errant firecracker hit a warehouse storing fireworks for an upcoming religious holiday, authorities said.

The massive blast Monday night also injured at least 30 people in San Isidro, a rural village about 150 miles east of Mexico City.

"A firecracker launched by someone outside fell on top of the fireworks, causing the explosion," the Puebla government said in a statement.

Local residents gathered Tuesday to mourn the victims, who were mostly children, according to authorities.

The fireworks, intended for the local patron saint's festival on May 15, were stored in a warehouse behind a church.

Accidental blasts are not uncommon in Mexico, where festivals and holidays are often celebrated with fireworks.

In December, just days before Christmas, an explosion at a fireworks market in central Mexico killed at least 29 people and injured dozens more.

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