At least 29 killed and more than 72 injured in Mexico fireworks market blast

Published On:December 21, 2016, 4:49 pm

Mexico fireworks market blastOn Tuesday, an enormous, multicolored explosion destroyed a fireworks market outside Mexican capital, leaving it scorched and barren and also killing 29 people along plenty more injured.

Images on the television showed an outbreak of fireworks exploding into the early afternoon sky as a huge smoke trail mounted above the market. The fireworks exploded in the clangor of brattling bursts redolent of a war zone.

This vivid colored blast was the third of its kind explosion in the last decade to have struck the well-known San Pablito marketplace in Tultepec, which is about 20 miles to the north of Mexico City. The blast struck in the busy Christmas holiday when most of the Mexicans buy fireworks for Christmas.

Cesar Carmona, a 20 year old eye witness said, "People were crying everywhere and desperately running in all directions."

Nearly 13 children suffered more than 90 percent burns all over their bodies and were being sent to the U.S. city of Galveston in Texas for treatment, stated the governor of the State of Mexico, Eruviel Avila where Tultepec is located.

Avila has vowed to determine and punish the one who are responsible for the explosion and provide economic assistance to those who suffered loss of livelihoods. The head of Tultepec emergency services, Isidro Sanchez mentioned that shortage of enough safety measures was the probable cause of the blast.

The federal police have sent a forensic team to probe the incident. Videos captured from the blast site showed people frenetically running, and the aerial footage revealed charred stalls. More than 80 percent of the total 300 stalls at the market were demolished by the blast, according to the state official Jose Manzur. Federico Juarez was present when the first explosion happened. He stated, "Everyone started running to escape as bricks and pieces of concrete fell everywhere."

President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted saying, "I offer my condolences to the relatives of those who lost their lives in this accident and my wishes for a speedy recovery for the injured." He is the former governor of the State of Mexico, the country’s hugest which circumferences the capital.

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