Mexico Fireworks Blast Causes Heavy Toll A fireworks explosion in Atlatlajuca, a village in central Mexico, reportedly killed 45 persons and injured 33 others, on August 24, during a religious celebration. The fireworks went off near several tanks of flammable gas while an estimated 1,500 persons were gathered in the area to honor the town’s patron saint, St. Bartholomew. About 100 were inside a masonry house when an undetermined amount of fireworks (some reports include almost 3,000 rockets) exploded. The people had gathered in the structure to escape a sudden rain. The blast ripped away the walls and ceiling of the house and hurled fragments as far as 500 feet. Cause of the explosion was undetermined.