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13 dead, many injured in Mexican religious fireworks explosion

By Michael Martinez, CNN
updated 2:43 AM EDT, Sat March 16, 2013
Rescue workers at the scene of a fireworks explosion in Jesusito Nativitas, Tlaxcala, Mexico, March 15, 2013.
Rescue workers at the scene of a fireworks explosion in Jesusito Nativitas, Tlaxcala, Mexico, March 15, 2013.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: 154 people were injured, government news agency says
  • A truck carrying fireworks to a religious procession explodes in Mexico
  • One firework went astray and landed in the truck

(CNN) -- The death toll rose to 13 and number of injured increased to 154 after a truck carrying fireworks to a religious procession exploded Friday in the central Mexican city of Nativitas, government news agency Notimex reported.

The explosion occurred when one of the fireworks went astray and landed in the truck carrying "a significant amount" of other fireworks, Notimex said.

The injured persons were being taken to several area hospitals, Mateo Morales Baez told Notimex.

CNN's Nelson Quinones contributed to this report

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