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Five killed in Peru explosion

world Updated: Dec 08, 2009 07:42 IST

Five people were killed on Monday in an explosion and subsequent fire at their home in Lima that was apparently caused by fireworks, police said.

The home in a slum of Lima's San Juan de Miraflores district was apparently being used to store gunpowder set to be sold over Christmas and New Year's.

Fireworks are typically used in Latin America, as in other parts of the world, during year-end celebrations.

The victims, who included a three-year-old girl, were reportedly part of the same family.