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Guatemala fireworks blast toll rises to four

A 16-year-old girl died Thursday of burns suffered in an explosion at a makeshift fireworks factory in Guatemala, bringing the death toll from the accident to four children, the health service said.



Guatemala City: A 16-year-old girl died Thursday of burns suffered in an explosion at a makeshift fireworks factory in Guatemala, bringing the death toll from the accident to four children, the health service said.

The other three -- a 15-year-old girl and two boys aged 10 and 16 -- died in the blast Wednesday that happened at a home northwest of the capital where the fireworks were being assembled ahead of New Year`s Eve.

Officials had earlier reported different ages for the fatalities.

Two other children, aged 13 and 14, remain in hospital with serious burns. A 52-year-old adult was also treated for injuries.

Fireworks in Guatemala are often made in homes by poor families who fail to take basic safety precautions.

 

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