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Explosion Rocks Mexico Fireworks Market, Kills 29, Injures Scores

At least, no fewer than 29 were reported killed and over 70 injured after explosions ripped through a fireworks market north of Mexico City on Tuesday, December 20, sending columns of smoke into the sky.

Even though the course of the explosion was yet to be ascertained, the country’s Eruviel Avila governor confirmed that over 70 people were also injured severely.

Scene of explosion in Mexico
Scene of explosion in Mexico

It was reported by the country’s media that three minors were expected to be transferred to a hospital in Galveston, Texas, for treatment of extreme burns after the blast in Tultepec, about 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) north of Mexico City.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately known.

The town of Tultepec is well known for its pyrotechnics industry and the huge San Pablito market is very popular for firework sales. The market would have been especially crowded heading into the holidays as locals shopped for fireworks to mark Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Dozens are dead and injured after a fireworks explosion in Tultepec, Mexico, on December 20. Soldiers and locals are working to grapple with the widespread devastation, which left copious amounts of smoke hovering above Mexico City.

Dozens are dead and injured after a fireworks explosion in Tultepec, Mexico, on December 20. Soldiers and locals are working to grapple with the widespread devastation, which left copious amounts of smoke hovering above Mexico City.

Firefighters confront the chaos left behind by the fireworks blast in Tultepec, Mexico, which left dozens dead or wounded.

A horrifying scene: A fireworks explosion at a market in Tultepec, Mexico, has left destruction and anguish in its wake.

Complete devastation at the scene of a fireworks explosion at a market in Tultepec, Mexico. Authorities say that dozens are dead and injured.

Scenes of destruction are what remain from the fireworks explosion that took place in Tultepec, Mexico, on December 20. People are left to search and make sense of the damage after dozens have been confirmed dead.

Rescue workers try to grapple with the embers and destruction left behind from a fireworks explosion at a market in Tultepec, Mexico.

Firefighters comb through the destruction left behind after a powerful fireworks blast rocked a market in Tultepec, Mexico, on December 20.

Dozens are dead and injured after a fireworks explosion in Tultepec, Mexico, on December 20. Soldiers and locals are working to grapple with the widespread devastation, which left copious amounts of smoke hovering above Mexico City.

Firefighters confront the chaos left behind by the fireworks blast in Tultepec, Mexico, which left dozens dead or wounded.

Complete devastation at the scene of a fireworks explosion at a market in Tultepec, Mexico. Authorities say that dozens are dead and injured.

Scenes of destruction are what remain from the fireworks explosion that took place in Tultepec, Mexico, on December 20. People are left to search and make sense of the damage after dozens have been confirmed dead.

Rescue workers try to grapple with the embers and destruction left behind from a fireworks explosion at a market in Tultepec, Mexico.

Firefighters comb through the destruction left behind after a powerful fireworks blast rocked a market in Tultepec, Mexico, on December 20.

Video captured flashes of fire and what appeared to be fireworks exploding as people ran for their lives, a witness told newsmen.

The death toll has climbed throughout the evening.

Jose Luis Tolentino said he was in traffic when he heard loud noises. Some of the people who tried to get away tripped in the frantic dash, he said. The fireworks market is the size of a soccer stadium, he added.

Emergency respondents were at the charred scene and assessing the damage Tuesday, Luis Felipe Puente, coordinator of Mexico’s national civil protection agency, told CNN affiliate FOROtv.

In 2005, a large explosion took place at the same fireworks market. That blast injured many people and caused enormous damage.

Source: TheGuildNG 

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