Peru: Separate fireworks blasts kill 18

LIMA, Peru – At least 18 people have been killed in separate explosions in Peru that appear to have been caused by fireworks, including 14 who died when a bus burst into flames, according to authorities.

“There are 14 dead, including two children, after an explosion, then a fire,” police chief Máximo Reyna told reporters late Oct. 20 from the town of Chosica, 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of Lima.

He said another 12 people, some of them seriously wounded, were pulled from the bus, which appeared to have been carrying a load of fireworks.

In the second incident, a police van filled with fireworks seized from an illegal factory exploded in the southeastern town of Juliaca, killing four police and wounding another 21 people, according to the national police.

The two incidents did not appear to be related.

[AFP, 21/10/2011; Losandes.com.pe (Peru), 21/10/2011]

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