'At least 11 dead' in Mexico fireworks explosion

A truck loaded with fireworks exploded during a religious procession in a rural village in Mexico yesterday, killing at least 11 people and injuring dozens more, Reuters reported.

Soldiers stand guard near the site of the explosion.
Soldiers stand guard near the site of the explosion. Credit: REUTERS/Imelda Medina

The blast began when a firework malfunctioned and landed on the truck, igniting the fireworks loaded on it, local officials said.

A member of the forensics team walks near the site of the explosion.
A member of the forensics team walks near the site of the explosion. Credit: REUTERS/Imelda Medina

The victims were marching in a procession for the patron saint of the village of Jesus Tepactepec, Tlaxcala state civil protection director Jose Mateo Morales said.

Soldiers and police inspect the site of an explosion.
The fireworks exploded during a religious procession in the rural village. Credit: REUTERS/Imelda Medina

Seventy people were burned or had other injuries, and at least 45 were taken to hospitals, according to authorities.

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