11 Dead in Fireworks Explosion During Religious Procession

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MEXICO City — At least 11 people were killed and another 70 injured when a truck carrying fireworks explode during a religious procession in central Mexico.

Local officials say the blast was set off when a firework malfunctioned and landed on the truck, igniting the fireworks it carried.

“They were in a procession, they were shooting off rockets and it exploded and fell onto the other ones,” said Jose Mateo Morales, director of the Tlaxcala state civil protection department.

At least 45 were taken to hospitals in the neighboring states of Tlaxcala and Puebla.

The victims were marching in an annual procession for the patron saint of Jesus Tepactepec, a village of about 1,000 people.

The area is known for its handicrafts manufacturing, including baskets and wood figures.

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