Smoke was visible from a long way after the explosion. Smoke was visible from a long way after the explosion.

6 killed in explosion at fireworks factory

The blast was one of several that have occurred over the last few weeks

A gunpowder blast at a fireworks factory killed six people yesterday in the state of México, and injured several more.

As the clock struck 11:00am in the ejido of San Lorenzo Octeyuco, Jilotepec, neighbors heard and felt a loud explosion that was strong enough to shake the ground. “When we looked outside to find out what was going on, we saw the smoke.”

Four people were killed instantly in the explosion. Seven others were admitted to the Jilotepec General Hospital and three were flown via helicopter to Toluca due to the serious nature of their injuries.

Two of those who were injured died later.

Officials said fireworks were being manufactured and stored on the property. Of the six buildings on the site, four were severely damaged.

Residents reported that the explosion rattled windows a kilometer away.

One told the newspaper El Diario that it was not the first such incident in their community. “There have been accidents in past years because lots of fireworks are handled.”

There have been several explosions in just the last few weeks at small fireworks factories.

• In Abasolo, Guanajuato, one person was injured on Wednesday.

• Two people were injured in Almoloya de Juárez, México state, on Tuesday.

• Three people died and one was injured following a blast in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, on November 29.

• On November 20, three people were injured in Tultepec, México state, where a massive explosion took place one year ago, killing 32 people at a fireworks market.

• A young man died after suffering severe burns in an explosion November 10 at an illegal factory in San Juan Xiutetelco, Puebla.

Source: El Diario (sp)

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