Ganja, December 20, AZERTAC
A fireworks market in the town of Tultepec, State of México, exploded this afternoon, killing at least 29 people and injuring 70 more, by local officials said, according to Mexico News Daily newspaper.
Explosions began in the San Pablito market, one of the principal distribution points for fireworks in the state, at about 2:50 this afternoon, sending people fleeing from the market and from homes in the area.
Video footage shows a massive cloud of smoke rising into the sky against a cacophony of exploding fireworks and the sirens of emergency services. The smoke could be seen from several kilometers away.
he market is reported to be the biggest source of fireworks in Mexico, where 300 vendors sell fireworks year round in an area of 10 hectares.
Some 2,000 people, both buyers and sellers, are believed to have been in the market when the explosions began.