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Mexican sweet factory explosion kills two

25 October 2013

An explosion inside a sweet factory in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez has left at least two dead and 50 injured. The blast took place on the night of October 24 on the second floor of the Dulces Blueberry factory and caused the floor to collapse, injuring people working downstairs. 

Authorities said the cause of the blast had not been determined but photographs of workers being helped by paramedics showed people with injuries that resembled chemical burns and some of the workforce said they smelled acid before the blast.

The Ciudad Juárez civil protection director, Fernando Mota, said firefighters found a body inside and that six of the at least 40 injured were in serious condition. He added that several workers were missing and could be trapped inside the building.

Dulces Blueberry employs 300 people and the sweets are sent to a distributor based in El Paso, Texas, across the border with the US.

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