Mexican fireworks market explosion
The result of the mexican fireworks market explosion ? at least 29 killed and over 70 injured after a massive explosion happened at a fireworks market on the northern part of mexico city today, according to the government of the state of Mexico.
Unbelievable video footage starts popping up on Facebook showing massive clouds of smoke filling the market while huge explosions are happening at the same time. Over 300 tonnes of fireworks were at the market at the time of the explosion. It’s believed that around 80% of all those fireworks went off during the fire at the mexican fireworks market.
More details on the explosion were not available at first and the number of deaths is still climbing. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation. Mexican government officials say they first want to threat the wounded and when that is done they want to prosecute the ones responsible for this tragedy.
Luis Felipe Puente
The explosion in Tultepec was confirmed in an earlier tweet from Luis Felipe Puente, the Coordinator for Civil Protection.
In 2005, a fire engulfed the same market, sparking a chain of explosions that destroyed hundreds of market stalls. A similar fire at the San Pablito Market also destroyed hundreds of stands in 2006.
Al momento reportan 60 personas lesionadas por #Explosiòn en Mercado Santiaguito, Tultepec EdoMéx, cuerpos de emergencia laboran en el lugar
— Luis Felipe Puente (@LUISFELIPE_P) 20 december 2016
Over a dozen children suffered from burnings to over 90% of their bodies and are being sent to the American city of Galveston in Texas for treatment. The mexican government raised the death toll late on Tuesday to 31.