Multiple explosions at a fireworks market north of Mexico City reportedly leave dozens wounded – Business Insider


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Multiple explosions at a fireworks market in a town north of
Mexico City on Tuesday sent a cloud of smoke sky high and left
dozens of people wounded, according to various reports.

Just before 3 p.m., a number of explosions
reverberated around the center of the San Pablito pyrotechnic
market in the municipality of Tultepec in Mexico state, about
20 miles north of Mexico City.

Firefighters and civil-protection forces responded soon, and
reports indicate that at least 40 and as many as
70 people were injured by the blasts;
civil-protection authorities put the number of injured at 60. A
government official who declined to to be named told Reuters
that at least 10 people were killed.

The cloud of smoke created by the blasts reached a width of more
than a 1,000 square meters, according to El Universal, and was floating
south.

Footage of the explosion can be seen below:

National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente
told Milenio TV that some nearby homes had
been damaged, and he urged people not to come with in 3 miles of
the site. He also said there was no option but to let unexploded
fireworks go off.

It’s not yet clear what caused the explosions, but police,
firefighters, paramedics, military units, and other authorities
from surrounding municipalities reportedly mobilized to support officials in San
Pablito.

At least 10 ambulances and 50 paramedics from the Red Cross were on the
scene of the explosion.


San Pablito Tultepec Mexico fireworks explosion
A
still image of the smoke cloud caused by an explosion at a
fireworks market north of Mexico City.


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The San Pablito market is the largest in Mexico for the sale of
pyrotechnics, home to 300 vendors selling with official
permission. The town is also the site of yearly fireworks festival, and visitors and shoppers
may have been among the injured.

In 2006 and 2007 there were explosions that destroyed the entire
market, but after those incidents security measures were introduced to prevent chain explosions.

Footage recorded after the explosion shows emergency crews on the
scene, while scattered bursts continue.

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