Tultepec, Mexico — A massive fireworks explosion in a house has left at least seven dead in the state of Mexico.
The explosion occurred early Wednesday in the municipality of Tultepec in the state of Mexico in a house allegedly used to store fireworks, the local government reported. Scores of surrounding houses as well as 12 cars were also damaged by the blast as glass windows were simply blown out of place.
Initially, government officials from the state of Mexico reported five deaths, however, that number has since increased to seven after two additional bodies were discovered in the La Piedad neighborhood.
Local sources confirmed that three people died in the building and another two when they were being transferred to different hospitals. Two more bodies were found among the rubble.
Authorities from the Public Prosecutor’s Office arrived at the scene, locating three bodies of two men and a woman in the courtyard where the accident occurred. The woman was identified as being 69 year of age, while one man was said to be 22. The third victim, a second man, remains unidentified.
A 47-year-old woman died during the transfer to the hospital and one more, 24 years old, lost her life while she was being treated at the hospital.
The injured are in hospitals in Cuautitlán, Zumpango and Coacalco.
The municipal government explained that the injured include a 38-year-old woman and four children that range in age from seven to 16. All are in the High Specialty Regional Hospital in Zumpango.
At least 23 home suffered damages, with five being considered extreme. There is no word yet on what caused the explosion.