Fireworks blow up Mexican pickup, killing 1

TOLUCA, Mexico (AP) -- Pilgrims setting off bottle rockets as part of a religious procession apparently ignited a cache of fireworks in one of their pickup trucks, causing an explosion that killed the vehicle's driver, officials said Monday.

Mexico State security spokesman Antonio Ortega said the group was traveling from Ecatepec, just north of Mexico City, to a church in the town of Acolman on Sunday when a spark from a bottle rocket apparently landed in the truck and caused the explosion.

The 24-year-old driver was killed and a 41-year-old passenger suffered first- and second-degree burns. Another vehicle accidentally ran over a 76-year-old woman in the confusion. Both were hospitalized.

Fireworks are often used during religious festivals and pilgrimages in Mexico.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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