Fireworks Explosion Leaves More Than A Dozen Dead, Dozens More Injured

MEXICO CITY (March 16, 2013)--A rocket landed in truck loaded with other fireworks during a religious procession in central Mexico, causing an explosion that killed more than a dozen people and injured more than 150.

Human remains and burned clothes were spread over a 100-yard radius, including on rooftops, a photographer at the scene said.

At least one child was among the victims.

Helicopters, dozens of ambulances and soldiers from the area's military base sped to the village, about 70 miles east of Mexico City.

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.


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