MEXICO CITY – At least four people were killed and nine were injured on Saturday in an accident at a suspected fireworks factory in the municipality of Tultepec in Mexico State, where in December an explosion at a firecracker market left 42 dead, officials told EFE.
Tultepec City Hall reported that in the blast, which occurred around 7:45 pm, a woman age 26 died as well as two minors, an 11-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl.
The fourth fatality, a women age 25 died in hospital while being treated for burns covering 70 percent of her body.
The accident occurred in the Jardines de Santa Cruz neighborhood at a home in the urban area of Tultepec.
According to a municipal official, the accident was caused by a shop for making fireworks, something that is banned in urban areas, which indicates the presence of an undercover, illegal fireworks factory or warehouse.
Nonetheless, Mexico State’s Red Cross posted on Twitter that the accident was thought to have been caused by the accumulation of gas in a home.
“Some neighbors say it was a tank of gas, others claim it was fireworks – the truth is that it was undoubtedly something illegal,” Tultepec Mayor Armando Portuguez said on Milenio TV.
“The explosion occurred in a neighborhood of Tultepec, four people have been taken to hospital and five were treated on the spot,” the Red Cross said.
Authorities are currently at the scene collecting information about what happened, while emergency management personnel continue working there
Last December, an explosion in the fireworks market in San Pablito, Tultepec, left 42 people dead, 26 at the scene of the explosions and the rest in hospitals, which made it one of the worst explosion tragedies in the country’s recent history.
Tultepec is popularly known as the National Fireworks Capital and has suffered a number of accidents in recent years.
Between March 4-11, this town celebrates the National Fireworks Fair.