At least 12 people were killed, including five children, and 30 were injured in an explosion at a house where fireworks were stored in central Mexico’s Puebla state, authorities said on Tuesday.
The blast occurred on Monday night in San Isidro, Chilchotla, during preparations for a local festival next week.
“A group of people lived in the house where the pyrotechnic material was stored for use in the festivities. A firework launched by someone outside (the house) fell on top of the fireworks, causing the explosion that knocked down the home,” the government of Puebla said in a statement.
Nine people were killed on the spot and three more died after being taken to nearby hospitals.
A series of massive explosions destroyed a fireworks market outside the Mexican capital in December, killing at least 35 people, injuring dozens and leaving the market a charred wasteland.