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Fireworks explosion kills 17, injures 31 near Mexico City
Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2018 1:50 PM EDTUpdated: Thursday, July 5, 2018 1:50 PM EDT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say 17 people have been killed and 31 injured after two explosions ripped through fireworks workshops in a city just north of the capital.
A statement from the Mexico State government says the dead include four firefighters and two police officers who rushed to the scene in Tultepec after the first explosion Thursday, only to be killed by the second blast.
The statement gave a death toll of 16, and the state security department raised that to 17 via Twitter.
Many residents in Tultepec make a living fabricating and selling homemade fireworks, and explosions are a regular occurrence there.
In June a blast killed seven people and injured eight in the town. In December 2016 a massive chain-reaction blast at an open-air fireworks market killed several dozen.
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