Pyrotechnics leave their mark this holiday season

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – A shop selling fireworks exploded, ignited nearby items and caused panic for those in the vicinity of central Playa del Carmen.

While no injuries were reported, the explosion of a small rocket shop in the city’s center caused a lot of alarm and has increased interest in the controversial sale of pyrotechnics. This on the heels of the fatal accident last week at a large pyrotechnic market in Tultepec, State of Mexico, where dozens died and many more wounded.

Although the shop had a permit to sell the fireworks, a Solidaridad City Council statement noted “it was found that unsupervised pyrotechnics were issued at the site”.

On Sunday, local paramedics rushed to the residential area of Villas del Sol where they found a 26-year-old man with injuries to his abdomen, arms and back after a firecracker exploded and fell onto his clothes.

The man was with friends when he was exploding firecrackers on the public road. One of the firecrackers landed on him, causing burns to various parts of his body. Nearby neighbors requested the assistance of 911. He was treated on the scene.

The small shop explosion in Playa del Carmen is presumed due to an electrical short circuit. There are approximately 145 places around the municipality with permission to sell pyrotechnics.

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