Billions cheered in 2020 after a tumultuous year dominated by demonstrations calling for political dissent and action on climate change.
An explosion at an illegal fireworks stand killed five people including three children and two adults.
After a first blast in the Mexican municipality of Tultepec, firefighters, police and other rescue workers arrived at the scene when a second explosion occurred.
Indian government launches an investigation to determine the cause of the fire that also injured two people.
Witnesses say there were two explosions, one at around 10am local time and then another about three hours later, both of which could be heard miles away.
For all the pomp and celebration, July 4 marks a day of shared traditions in a nation that has grappled with divides this past year.
Five children died in the explosion at the warehouse in central Mexico's Puebla state.
The cause of the explosion in Tultepec at Mexico's biggest fireworks market is unknown.
Seven people surrender to police following temple fire that killed 116 in India
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