An explosion at a fireworks warehouse in Mexico has killed at least 14 people, including 11 children, and wounded 22, AFP reports.
The blast occurred Monday night in a rural area of central Puebla state, Diodoro Carrasco, a senior official in the state government, told the radio station Cinco Radio.
According to the government, the explosion in the village of San Isidro, 170 miles (270 km) east of Mexico City, came during preparations for a religious festival on May 15.
It said the fireworks had been stored inside a home behind a church ahead of a May 15 religious celebration, and the firecracker that set off the explosion was launched by someone outside. The home was destroyed.
Last December, 42 people died and 70 were injured in a series of spectacular explosions at the country’s largest fireworks market, in the town of Tultepec outside Mexico City.