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1 dead, 39 injured in fireworks blast at Mexican celebration

2022 Sep 12, 7:35, Mexico City
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One person died and 39 were injured after a stray fireworks explosion at a town festival just west of Mexico City.

The township of Tianguistenco said Sunday the blast occurred late Saturday during an annual village celebration in San Nicolás Coatepec.

The municipal government said at least five people were in serious condition, and seven others were still hospitalized. The remaining 27 people injured in the blast were treated and released.

Video of the incident posted on social media appeared to show a fireworks-laden “torito,” or little bull, running through crowds.

The torito is a wood or wire framework with roman candles strapped to the outside, while someone operates it from the inside. The device may have set off another piece of fireworks, though powerful bottle rockets also appeared to be detonating at the same time.


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