Dozens Killed in Fireworks Explosions in Central Mexico

Dozens Killed in Fireworks Explosions in Central MexicoDozens Killed in Fireworks Explosions in Central Mexico

At least 24 people were killed in a series of explosions Thursday at fireworks warehouses in the town of Tultepec in central Mexico, including rescue workers who died saving others’ lives, officials said. The initial explosion occurred around 9:30 a.m. (1430 GMT), then spread to other warehouses just as police and firefighters began attending to the first victims, AFP reported. Tultepec, a town of 65,000 people just north of Mexico City, is known for its artisanal fireworks—and a history of deadly accidents. “We deeply regret the deaths of those who were killed this morning in ... Tultepec, including our firefighter and police colleagues who lost their lives saving those of many others,” read a tweet from the Red Cross in the state of Mexico, where Tultepec is located. At least 24 people were killed—including a minor—and 49 wounded, officials said. The victims included four firefighters and five police. Hundreds of soldiers, police and firefighters deployed to the neighborhood of Xahuento, on the outskirts of the town, cordoned off a wide area around the smoldering workshops where the explosions occurred.


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