Fireworks cache explodes in Mexico, killing at least 12

Fireworks cache explodes in Mexico, killing at least 12

Fireworks cache explodes in Mexico, killing at least 12

AT least 14 people have died after an explosion at a fireworks factory in Mexico.

Fireworks are a mainstay of holiday celebrations in Mexico, and accidental blasts are relatively common occurrences often with fatal consequences. On Dec. 20 a particularly large explosion at a fireworks market outside Mexico City killed dozens of people.

Similar explosions have happened across Latin America, where certain festivals are marked by continuous blasts of firecrackers for days on end.

Nine people were killed on the spot and five more died after being taken to nearby hospitals. "The fireworks have been launched by someone on the street and landed on another banger, it caused an explosion that destroyed the house", - quotes Reuters the statement of the government of Puebla. A mangled bicycle can be seen in the smoldering remains, along with a painting of Jesus and a pair of tiny children's shoes.

The explosion came during preparations for a religious festival on May 15, the Puebla state government said.

Despite frequent and deadly accidents, data show Mexicans continue to spend about $10 million each month on fireworks nationwide.

Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto has offered condolences to the families of those who lost their lives, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

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