Written by Reuters
06 Jul, 2018 | 10:33 am
REUTERS – More than 50 people were killed and injured in the Mexican municipality of Tultepec on Thursday (July 05) after two explosions at fireworks workshops, including rescue workers.
Speaking to media, Health Minister for the State of Mexico, Gabriel O’Shea confirmed to media that 19 people were killed and 39 others injured in the deadly blasts.
After a first blast Tultepec, just outside of Mexico City, fire-fighters, police and other rescue workers arrived at the scene when a second explosion occurred, the state government said in a statement.
There has been a series of blasts at the fireworks markets, workshops and depots in Tultepec, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Mexico City, including a series of massive explosions in a market in December 2016 that killed around three dozen people.
The fireworks industry is the breadwinner for many families in this region, with safety standards and regulations often loose.
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