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.
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.
Mis condolencias a los familiares de quienes perdieron la vida en este accidente y mis deseos de pronta recuperación para los lesionados.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) December 20, 2016
There had been fires at the market in 2005 and 2006.