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Mexico fireworks market blast kills at least 29, hurts scores (UPDATE)

Other News Materials 21 December 2016 07:01
At least 27 people died in an explosion at a fireworks market outside the Mexican capital on Tuesday
Mexico fireworks market blast kills at least 29, hurts scores (UPDATE)

07:01 (GMT+4) A massive, multicolored explosion decimated a fireworks market outside the Mexican capital on Tuesday, leaving it a charred wasteland and killing at least 29 people with dozens more injured, Reuters reported.

04:39 (GMT+4) At least 27 people died in an explosion at a fireworks market outside the Mexican capital on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

The blast at the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Mexico City, also injured at least 70 others, according to a tweet from federal police.

Isidro Sanchez, the head of Tultepec emergency services, said the death toll was preliminary as rescue workers scoured the site.

Local television showed a flurry of multi-colored fireworks exploding in all directions as a massive plume of smoke rose above the market while people frantically fled.

Aerial footage showed charred stalls and destroyed buildings.

A blast struck the popular market in September 2005 just before independence day celebrations, injuring many people.

03:21 (GMT+4) The city of Tultepac was shaken to its core Tuesday as fireworks erupted at a marketplace, Sputnik reported.

Mexico City media outlets are reporting 16 people have been killed in the explosion, dozens more injured.

​Mexico emergency services have confirmed that the injuries sustained from the blast have left first-responders scrambling.

The rescuers have since requested back-up assistance from emergency response teams in the surrounding area.

Eye-witnesses posted photographs of the aftermath on social media, some of which show a pillar of white smoke pluming up past the city’s buildings.

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