In the wake of the Tultepec, Mexico fireworks explosion, a tragedy that claimed the lives of 35 people and left twice as many injured, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has vowed to rebuild the outdoor market. Tuesday’s explosion marks the third time Tultepec’s market has been destroyed by similar accidents in the last 10 years. In the wake of the accident, Nieto tweeted his concern, saying, “My condolences to the families of those who lost their life in this accident and wishes of speedy recovery for the injured.”
Since the explosion, responders have worked tirelessly to search the area for the dead.
The devastation of the tragedy has slowly come into focus as workers search the area for victims. Many of the bodies located so far have been so badly burned that officials will have to rely on DNA testing for proper identification. Undeterred, Nieto has pledged to rebuild the market, saying, “We made a commitment to support everyone, the 300 stall owners of that market, to recover and support them so that they can continue their activities next year normally.”
New Year’s Eve is one of the best times of the year. Out with the old and in with the new, they say. And it’s also that time of the year when your parents give you an arsenal of explosives and say, “para que te diviertas!” While most of us were just excited by watching something explode, other experts went the extra mile and took their fireworks game to the next level. Check out these pyromaniacs that definitely understand how to to push the limits of even the most basic fireworks.
One sparkler is great for 30 seconds of fun. You can pretend like you’re Harry Potter conjuring a majestic Patronus. However, one YouTuber really stepped up his game when he combined 5,000 sparklers at once. You might need a welder’s mask to watch the entire thing.
Bang Snaps are the gateway firework that turns you into a lifelong pyromaniac!
A single bang snap is the perfect retaliation against an annoying little brother. This YouTuber used 200 Bang Snaps to create this weapon of mass destruction. It sounds like a gun when he finally tosses it. Watch here.
One fella stuffed an iphone in with 2,000 bang snaps…
Snake fireworks are pretty boring. A few seconds of flame and some ash, no big deal. But this guy decided to get 1,000 of these fiery reptiles, and the result is actually kind of gruesome. It looks less like a snake and more like a horribly burned Medusa.
Who needs thousands of fireworks when you can just launch the largest firework in North America?
This is arguably the greatest scientific achievement since Benjamin Franklin flew a kite during a lightning storm. No word on whether or not the drone survived this trip, but the images are nothing short of breathtaking.
In 2012, Garden State Fireworks accidentally detonated 7,000 fireworks all at once.
The fireworks display was supposed to take place over 17 minutes, but thanks to a faulty computer program, all 7,000 fireworks were set off simultaneously. In just 30 seconds, spectators witnessed one of the most awesome explosions in history of fireworks.