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Gas blast kills 4 in Mexico City suburb famous for fireworks

The local Red Cross says the explosion was “apparently due to a gas build-up.”

world Updated: Mar 05, 2017 09:18 IST
Agencies, Mexico City
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A home is surrounded by rubble from an explosion in the Mexico City suburb Tultepec on March 4.(AP Photo)

Four people were killed in an explosion at a home in a Mexico City suburb on Saturday where a massive blast in a fireworks market left dozens dead in December.

The Mexico state government identifies the victims as two women ages 25 and 26 and two children ages 6 and 11. Six others were hospitalized for injuries from cuts to severe burns.

The local Red Cross says the explosion was “apparently due to a gas build-up.”

The Saturday morning blast took place in a residential neighbourhood of Tultepec, about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the San Pablito fireworks market.

Many Tultepec residents make a living from the manufacture and sale of fireworks. It was not immediately clear whether there was explosive material at the residence that could have exacerbated the effects of the explosion.

A series of massive explosions destroyed a fireworks market in Tultepec in December and killed more than three dozen people.

First Published: Mar 05, 2017 09:18 IST