17 injured in explosion at Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico
An explosion in the municipality of Huejutla in Mexico at a Day of the Dead celebration has left 17 people wounded,
On Saturday, November 5, a celebration of the Day of the Dead in Mexico went very wrong.
In the municipality of Huejutla de Reyes, Hidalgo, an explosion of a pyrotechnic “bull” left 17 people injured during the Xantolo 2022 festivities.
Videos of what happened are circulating on social media and show people dancing around the “torito” as part of a ritual, when it suddenly exploded, wounding people near the front of the crowd.
The Huejutla government said that three of the injured were children and two were pregnant women, one of which had first-degree burns, plus another young girl with second-degree burns. The wounded were treated at the Tehuetlan Urban Health Center, Regional Hospital, and by Huazalingo ambulances, firefighters, and the Mexican Red Cross, according to the local government.
It has been reported that those wounded have since returned home and there were no major complications.
The director of Civil Protection of the Municipality of Huejutla, Otoniel Zenteno Redondo, told El Sol de Hidalgo that they believe the excess of gunpowder inside the bull figure caused the explosion.