Fireworks blast kills at least 13 Catholic pilgrims in Mexico

TLAXCALA Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:04am EDT

1 of 5. Soldiers and police inspect the site of an explosion in the village of Jesus Tepactepec, near the state capital Tlaxcala, March 15, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Imelda Medina

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TLAXCALA (Reuters) - At least 13 people were killed and 154 others injured on Friday when a truck containing fireworks exploded in a freak accident in the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala, casting a pall over a Catholic procession in honor of a local patron saint.

The explosion was ignited when a stray firework fell into a truck carrying other fireworks, said Jose Mateo Morales, director of emergency services for Tlaxcala state.

The fireworks were set to be used in a ceremony honoring Jesus Tepactepec, patron saint of a village named after him in the municipality of Nativitas. The blast happened on the highway just outside the village.

(Reporting by Imelda Medina, Lizbeth Diaz and Adriana Barrera; Writing by David Alire Garcia; Editing by David Brunnstrom and Todd Eastham)


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