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Aftermath Of Devastating Fireworks Explosion Leaves Tultepec, Mexico In Shock

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A devastating explosion in one of Mexico’s largest fireworks markets has left at least 70 injured and nine dead. Those numbers are expected to increase as responders investigate the chaotic scene. Several homes were also damaged in the blast, which took place in Tultepec, Mexico.  National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente has told people keep away from the scene, which still poses a danger to the public.

Several news organizations posted video to social media as the explosion raged on.

In the wake of the accident, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted that officials were doing everything they could to bring help to those injured.


In another tweet, Nieto wrote: “My condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this accident and my wishes for a quick recovery for the injured.”

Mexico’s Red Cross sent 10 ambulances and 50 paramedics to assist the injured at the outdoor San Pablito Market in Tultepec.

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Located just 25 miles north of Mexico City, Tultepec has seen this kind of tragedy before. In 2005, a similar scene rocked the fireworks industry when an explosion leveled 300 stands. In that incident, only a few injured and no deaths occurred.

One of the worst fireworks explosions occurred at Veracruz’s firework market in 2002.

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The aftermath of the explosion in Veracruz left 28 dead and 50 injured, many of them suffering from smoke inhalation. Eyewitnesses said the explosions in Veracruz were the result of someone throwing a cigarette near fireworks, though these claims were not substantiated by police.


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Meet The Central American Soccer Star Who Helped Seattle Win Its First Title

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Meet The Central American Soccer Star Who Helped Seattle Win Its First Title

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Panamanian soccer star Roman Torres is having a really good December. After sitting out most of the Major League Soccer season with an ACL injury, the Seattle Sounders defender capped off his year in style.

In the final of the MLS Cup, Torres was tasked with converting a high-pressure penalty shot that would make the Sounders MLS champions. Here’s how he did:

Torres calmly shot the ball into the back of net and the Seattle Sounders won their first MLS Cup.

Here’s how he celebrated:

Now, Torres has another reason to celebrate.


Torres was recently voted FutbolMLS.com’s Latino del Año, beating out Costa Rica’s Ronald Matarrita and Mexico’s Giovani dos Santos. He’s the first player from Panama to win the award.

The 30-year-old is probably hoping to carry that form into 2017, where he and the Panamanian national team are looking to book a ticket to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


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