14 dead in huge fireworks explosion in Mexico

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

At least 14 people, including five children, have died in a fireworks explosion in Mexico, according to local officials.

The blast happened in a house in Chilcotla, Puebla state, which was being used as a warehouse to store fireworks ahead of a local festival next week.

A rocket launched from outside landed in the storage area and produced the explosion, according to CNN.

It is thought that at least 30 people have been injured.

Diodoro Carrasco, general secretary of the government of Puebla, told Five Radio: “Some of the injured were transferred to the capital Puebla during the night and dawn, at the moment there are 14 dead and 22 injured.”

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

The incident comes just five months after a huge explosion ripped through a fireworks market in Mexico City, leaving dozens dead. You can see the footage from that incident here.