More Than 150 Injured
A SMALL TRUCK FILLED WITH FIREWORKS was accidentally set alight Friday in a Central Mexican village that was celebrating their patron saint. It is believed that an errant sky rocket set off by a celebrant landed on the truck and ignited the cargo. The resulting blast hurled bodies about and killed several people immediately.
The religious processional and holiday was taking place in Jesus Tepactepec, a village east of Mexico City. The Associated Press is reporting:
"They were in a procession, they were shooting off rockets and it exploded and fell onto the other ones," said Jose Mateo Morales, director of the Tlaxcala state civil protection department. "It was very serious."
Human remains and burned clothes were spread around a 100-yard (100-meter) radius, including on rooftops, a photographer at the scene said.
The victims were marching in an annual procession in honor of Jesus Christ, the patron saint of Jesus Tepactepec, a village of about 1,000 people, Mateo Morales said.
Helicopters, dozens of ambulances and soldiers from the area's military base rushed to the village, about 70 miles east of Mexico City.
At the time of this posting the tolls had risen to 13 dead and 154 injured. The counts are expected to rise as more victims are found.
EuroNews posted this video report:
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