Story By: Ana Lacasa, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN
This is the moment residents flee from a pyrotechnics warehouse that is engulfed in flames and shooting fireworks high into the sky.
The incident was filmed in the early hours of 1st January in the community of Nueva Palestina in the municipality of Ocosingo located in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, and was later widely circulated on social media.
According to local media, nobody was inside the warehouse when the fire broke out and luckily no residents were reported as injured.
In the video footage, residents are seen fleeing from the burning building as fireworks fly into the night sky and fill the air with explosive noise.
Reports said the warehouse blaze was extinguished by firefighters an hour later.
Civil Protection spokesman Jose Enrique Hernandez Solorzano told local media: “Everything is calm now. Civil Protection officials and police chiefs have visited the community and only material damage has been reported.”
He also confirmed that they have launched an investigation to establish what caused the blaze.
The Civil Protection also asked residents to take precautions when setting off fireworks during the New Year and Three Kings Day on 6th January.
The investigation is ongoing and so far nobody has been arrested or charged over the incident.
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