8th Person Dies From Explosion At Mexico Factory

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) -- A Mexican hospital official says the death toll from an explosion last month at a candy factory near the U.S. border has risen to eight.

Government health system spokesman Rosendo Gaytan says a 30-year-old employee of the factory Dulces Blueberry in Ciudad Juarez died Tuesday at a hospital in Guadalajara, where he was transferred to be treated for third-degree burns.

The Oct. 24 blast on the second floor of the factory caused the floor to collapse, injuring people working below.

Chihuahua state prosecutors' spokesman Carlos Gonzalez says the cause of the blast is still not known.

The factory employs 300 people and produces gummy bears, jelly beans, peach rings and other sweets that are sent across the border to El Paso, Texas.

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