Cuautlancingo, Puebla — An explosion Thursday night at the Puebla Prosecutor’s Office in Cuautlancingo has left two dead and four injured. On Thursday, fuel drums stored in a parking lot of the Fiscalía General de la República (FGR) exploded, shattering nearby windows.
According to the General Coordination of Civil Protection of Puebla, two people were killed and four left injured from the blast.
They reported that Puebla emergency corps, personnel from the state’s Civil Protection coordination, firefighters, elements of the Public Security Secretariat and municipal police, as well as the Army, “joined efforts to assist in the tasks of emergency”.
The exploded drums are believed to have been those of a seizure of hauchicol traffickers or fuel thieves.
Since the explosion, the governor of the state of Puebla, Luis Miguel Barbosa Huerta, confirmed the explosion occurred at the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) based in Puebla, leaving two men dead and four wounded and calling it an accident .
“This explosion at the FGR facilities was an accident and can occur in any facility anywhere, in private places, in public places (…) we regret what happened and we we express solidarity with the relatives of the deceased, injured and with the institution,” he said.
During his press conference, he also said that the explosion was caused by a welder: “…the welder mistakenly wanted to open the drum for an expert opinion and at the first spark, that drum exploded in the area where they stored stolen gasoline,” he explained.
The names of the deceased have not been released.