Fireworks explosion kills as many as 15, injures about 20 others in southern Mexico
ACAPULCO, Mexico – Fireworks stored at a building that also illicitly sold gasoline exploded on Saturday, killing about 15 people and injuring as many as 20, a local official said.The building also housed video game machines, and most of the dead and injured were believed to be children who frequented the place on weekends, said Roel Ayala Mata, Guerrero state assistant civil defense director.The blast occurred in the tiny hamlet of Tlacotepec, high in the mountains of southern Guerrero state, about 75 miles north of Acapulco, said Ayala Mata.Some victims were still buried in the rubble of the brick-and-cement building, and a heavy rain was falling in the area, complicating efforts to dig them out and to determine the number of dead and injured.Selling gasoline from open drums is a frequent though illegal practice in areas of rural Mexico where the state-owned oil monopoly, Pemex, has yet to open gas stations.Restrictions on fireworks sales are also flouted, although the volatile mix of a video-game parlor, a gasoline outlet and fireworks sales in the same building was unusual.Vail, Colorado
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