Pyrotechnics workshop explodes in Hocabá, Yucatán killing two


A distraction during the handling of gunpowder caused the explosion of a pyrotechnics workshop, 5 days ago, on Saturday April 7th, around 2:00 pm, leaving two people dead and six injured. The workshop was located on Calle 20 between 23 and 25, in the town of Hocabá, Yucatán.

Residents of Hocabá declared that they just heard a loud explosion, something totally out of the ordinary in this quiet little town, and after realizing what happened, everybody ran to the place and tried to help somehow.

Six injured people were reported, in addition to a 13-year-old boy and his grandmother known as “Conchi”, who died calcined.

After the explosion the fire spread out to a tree in front of the house. Firefighters from the SSP Yucatan came to the site to control the fire, as well as the military, police of the SSP along with personnel of Civil Protection.

The  injured people were reported stable, and the material losses could come up to $50,000 pesos.

The town of Hocabá is located 45 kilometers (28 miles) east of Mérida. Image: Google