Explosions destroy fireworks market outside Mexico City
By: Martin Hunter, Xiro Xone News December 20, 2016 Updated: 6:22 PM
A huge explosion ripped through Mexico's best-known fireworks market on the northern outskirts of the capital Tuesday, where the death toll currently stands at 31 with dozens injured.
Video uploaded to social media showed fireworks exploding as a massive cloud of smoke poured into the sky above the open-air San Pablito Market in Tultepec, in Mexico. Those injured suffered burns on 90 per cent of their bodies.
Officials and civilians were seen carrying away one of the injured while fireworks went off in the background. Head of national emergency services, Luis Felipe Puente, said the number of injured could rise. He had no immediate reports of fatalities.
He also said there was no choice but to let any unexploded fireworks burn off. The Mexican Red Cross said that 10 ambulances and 50 paramedics were already at the scene of the explosion.
The same market caught fire in 2005, setting off explosions that destroyed hundreds of stalls just ahead of Mexico's Independence Day.