Tultepec, State of Mexico — More than 500 people were injured over the weekend at a traditional parade in the state of Mexico.
The annual pamplonada is performed by the burning of toritos or the bulls, in honor of the feast of San Juan de Dios, patron of the pyrotechnics. During the pamplonada in Tultepec, more than 500 people were left with minor burns and at least one, with second degree burns to nearly 20 percent of his body.
Among the injured, a 20-year-old boy suffered second-degree burns to 19 percent of his body including his face and neck. He was transferred to the High Specialty Hospital in Zumpango.
During the event, artisans prepare their pieces and parade them through the streets. This year, 264 toritos were burned in the main square of Tultepec. The Directorate of Civil Protection of Tultepec reported that out of control fireworks resulted in a total of 549 people being injured.
The festivities are organized by the artisans of Tultepec and the local government every 8th of March. In Tultepec, the 30th National Pyrotechnics Fair is held from March 3 to 10 to promote the activity and show visitors that it is not only a risk, but also part of the country’s traditions and culture.
Tultepec is the only municipality in the State of Mexico that has permission from the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) to make pyrotechnics. Over the years, the parade has been the scene of various tragedies due to the misuse of gunpowder.