Death Toll in Mexico Fireworks Blast Rises to 16

Created: 03/17/2013 5:03 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

The death toll in a gruesome fireworks explosion during a religious procession has risen to 16, after three people more died at hospitals of their injuries.
    
A spokeswoman for the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala says a mass funeral is being held Sunday for 13 victims.
    
Spokeswoman Teresa Ramirez says about 80 people have been hospitalized.  A total of about 154 were injured when a rocket malfunctioned and landed on the truck, igniting the fireworks it carried.
    
Residents told local media about finding bits of human remains blown into their yards, trees and patios by the blast.
    
The victims were marching in an annual procession Friday in honor of Jesus Christ, the patron of Jesus Tepactepec, a village of about 1,000 people 70 miles (112 kilometers) east of Mexico City.

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