Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Mexico fireworks blast at Tultepec warehouse kills 24
A series of explosions at a fireworks depot in Mexico has killed at least 24 people and injured more than 40 others. The biggest blasts took place as emergency responders arrived at the scene in the town of Tultepec. Authorities said four firefighters and five police were casualties in the blast, as well as a minor. The town, about 30km (20 miles) from Mexico City, is known as the country's pyrotechnic capital.
A market in the town has twice been badly damaged by explosions. More than 40 people died in blasts there in 2016. At the time there were calls for the market to be closed, but President Enrique Peña Nieto promised to rebuild it and help hundreds of local artisans who had lost their livelihoods. Tultepec hosts Mexico's national pyrotechnics festival each year.