Deadly Explosion Takes Place At Mexico City Fireworks Market

Tracy FergusonDec 21, 2016

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.

This isn't the first time fireworks have destroyed parts of the San Pablito market. The scene remained risky and he asked people not to come within 3 miles to avoid danger or hampering the emergency response.

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Nearby homes were also damaged in the explosions and the scene remains risky, according to National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente.

Video taken by a local radio personality showed fireworks being detonated during the fiery explosion.

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Tultepec is known for its fireworks industry and annually holds the National Pyrotechnic Festival. Puente told the Associated Press that nearby homes were also damaged and that people should not come within 3 miles of the site. Similar explosions have happened at the San Pablito Market in 2005 and 2006.

Many in Mexico traditionally celebrate holidays - including Christmas and New Year's - by setting off noisy firecrackers and rockets.

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