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Many Dead, Several Injured in Mexico Fireworks Market Blast

21 December 2016 News

At least 27 people have been killed after an explosion at Mexico‘s best-known fireworks market. A huge plume of smoke was seen rising into the sky following the explosion. The explosion ripped through the market on the northern outskirts of Mexico City on Tuesday afternoon.

National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said via social media that 60 people were hurt in the blast at the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, about 32 kilometers (20 miles) north of the capital.

Source: NDTV

Puente said some nearby homes were also damaged and he asked people not to come within 5 kilometers of the site to avoid hampering the emergency response.

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The Mexican Red Cross has sent 10 ambulances with 50 paramedics to the scene.

The explosion, which happened during the afternoon, flattened most of the fireworks stalls.

President Enrique Pena Nieto sent his condolences to the families of the dead via Twitter.

There had been fires at the market in 2005 and 2006.

Deutsche Welle

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