16 killed after truck loaded with fireworks explodes at festival in Mexico

16 killed after truck loaded with fireworks at festival explodes in Mexico

At least 16 people have died after a truck carrying fireworks at a religious procession in Mexico exploded.

One witness said he saw "bodies flying" as people ran for cover following the explosion, which also saw 150 injured.

Hundreds of mourners attended a mass funeral on Sunday for 13 victims of the blast, which happened on Friday in Jesus Tepactepec, a village of about 1,000 people 70 miles (112 kilometres) east of Mexico City.

16 killed after truck loaded with fireworks at festival explodes in Mexico

The victims were marching in an annual procession in honour of Jesus Christ, the patron of Jesus Tepactepec.

According to the Miami Herald, the huge explosion occurred after a rocket malfunctioned and landed on the truck, igniting the fireworks it was carrying.

Dozens of ambulances, helicopters and soldiers from the area's military base attended the scene, where at least one child was among the dead.

The newspaper added that some residents told local media that human remains had been found in back yards, trees and patios within a 100-yard radius of the blast.

According to USA Today, Jesus Tepactepec is known for its handicrafts, including baskets and wood figures, and its annual religious celebration draws artisans from surrounding towns who come to sell their goods.

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