'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. 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. 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.

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.