29 killed as series of explosions rips open-air fireworks market
TULTEPEC | A powerful chain-reaction explosion tore through Mexico’s bestknown fireworks market on the northern outskirts of the capital Tuesday, killing at least 29 people, injuring scores more and sending a huge plume of smoke billowing into the sky.
The blast leveled the open-air San Pablito Market in Tultepec in the middle of the afternoon as it bustled with shoppers stocking up on fireworks to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s, reducing vendors’ stands to piles of rubble, ash and charred metal.
Crescencia Francisco Garcia said she was in the middle of the grid of stalls when the thunderous explosions began. As she ran, she saw people with burns and lots of blood.
“Everything was catching fire. Everything was exploding,” she said. “The stones were flying, pieces of brick, everything was flying.”
Mexico State Gov. Eruviel Avila said the blast killed 29 people — 26 at the site and three in hospitals. At least 70 injuries were reported.
“Mexico is in mourning,” he said in an interview with Foro TV.
Authorities have not said what caused the explosion.