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.
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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.
El @GobMx trabaja en coordinación con el Gobierno del Estado de México para atender a los heridos y afectados en Tultepec.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) December 20, 2016
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.