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Firework warehouse explosion kills 24 in Mexico

06 July 2018

On July 6 a series of explosions at a fireworks depot in Mexico killed at least 24 people and injured more than 40 others. The biggest blasts took place as emergency responders arrived at the scene in the town of Tultepec, north of Mexico City. Local authorities said four firefighters and five police were casualties in the blast.

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Tultepec is the country's pyrotechnic capital and hosts Mexico's national pyrotechnics festival each year. The town has twice been badly damaged by explosions. More than 40 people died in blasts there in 2016 and an explosion earlier this year killed seven people.

The state of Mexico's interior minister, Alejandro Ozuna, called for an "exhaustive review" of all the workshop's permits after the blast, saying the manufacturing "must be regulated" for the people's safety.

On July 4, a fireworks factory exploded in Warangal, eastern India, killing nine and injuring a further four.

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