Fireworks explosion in Mexico kills 7, injures 15


MEXICO CITY—Seven people were killed and 15 injured in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory near Mexico City.

The explosion occurred late Monday at a house used to make fireworks in the state of Morelos, just south of the capital.

Photos circulated Tuesday by the Morelos state civil defense department showed the explosion in the town of Totlapan was so powerful that it blew out concrete and concrete-block houses. The person is said to be in a very serious condition.

Fireworks are commonly used in religious and community celebrations in Mexico and are often manufactured in small family workshops. Ten lives are lost.

Legal production facilities must adhere to certain standards and obtain permits from their country’s Department of Defense.

In 2018, 24 people were killed when fireworks exploded in the town of Toltepec, just north of Mexico City.