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TULTEPEC, Mexico — Grieving emergency personnel in the Mexico City suburb of Tultepec carried the caskets of four comrades through the town’s streets Friday as authorities investigated whether an attempt to douse burning fireworks with water may have triggered further blasts that killed a total of 24 people. The four were among seven firefighters, police officers and civil defense workers killed when they rushed to the scene of a first blast, only to be felled by three subsequent explosions.
Fifty-four people were injured, 41 of whom remain hospitalized.
The article goes on to state the following:
The town of Tultepec, just north of the capital in Mexico State, is a place notorious for deadly fireworks accidents, with at least 70 people killed there in less than two years.
“That is the life of a fireworks producer,” said Angel Guerrero, a resident who has relatives who work in the dangerous trade. “That’s how they make their living. Explosion after explosion, they’ll keep on doing the same thing.”
State of Mexico Gov. Alfredo del Mazo said authorities would mount a special campaign to punish clandestine workshops, train workers and improve their workspaces. But such promises have been heard before.
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