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Death toll from Mexico fireworks explosion rises to 16

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Mexico City, Mar 17 (EFE).- Two more people have died, raising the death toll from a fireworks explosion in the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala this weekend to 16, officials said.

Nine people - eight men and a woman - died at the scene of the blast Friday in the village of Jesus Tepactepec, while five others seriously injured in the blast, including a child, were pronounced dead at area hospitals, the state government said.

As of Saturday, 16 people were listed as dead and 153 others as injured, with 84 others released from hospitals because they did not require further medical attention, state officials said.

The explosion occurred when a fireworks rocket launched during a religious procession landed on a pick-up truck being used to transport the rest of the pyrotechnic materials, officials said.

Scores of people were walking through the streets of Jesus Tepactepec, carrying religious icons and performing ritual dances in connection with the feast of a local patron saint, when the blast occurred.

Tlaxcala Gov. Mariano Gonzalez declared three days of mourning.

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