9 Dead, Several Injured In Mexican Religious Fireworks Explosion

Posted on: 5:57 pm, March 15, 2013, by , updated on: 06:32pm, March 15, 2013

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(CNN) — A truck carrying fireworks to a religious procession exploded Friday in the central Mexican city of Nativitas, killing at least nine people and injuring 40 others, a Tlaxcala state official told CNN affiliate FOROtv.

State-run Notimex confirmed the deaths of nine worshippers and added “an unknown number” were injured.

The explosion occurred when one of the fireworks went astray and landed in the truck carrying “a significant amount” of other fireworks, Notimex said.

The injured persons were being taken to several area hospitals, Mateo Morales Baez told Notimex.