Jawdropping footage captures horrifying moment fireworks market explodes in Mexico

21 December 2016

According to reports, 29 people were killed, more than 70 people were injured and 100 are still missing.

Many children were among those injured when the San Pablito Fireworks Market in Tultepec, about 40 km north of Mexico City, Mexico, was destroyed in a series of explosions on Tuesday.

The explosions, which took place at about 3 pm, were so violent that residents of nearby towns felt the Earth vibrate beneath their feet.

According to reports, 29 people were killed, more than 70 people were injured and 100 are still missing.

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Some of the injured sustained burns. Three children will be sent to Texas, in America, for treatment for burns to 70 percent of their bodies. Terrified people fleeing when the explosions began.

Tultepec, one of the major towns where fireworks are sold, allegedly has one of the safest fireworks markets in the region. The market is about the size of a soccer stadium. Tultepec is known as the fireworks capital of Mexico. According to CNN, the market was very busy at the time of the explosions because people were buying fireworks for Christmas and New Year.
Spectacular and gruesome – the disaster was filmed by a passing motorist.
Ten ambulances and 50 paramedics went to the aid of the injured.
Members of the Mexican army helped with rescue and cleaning up operations.
A huge cloud of smoke shot into the air.
The smoke could be seen from kilometres away.

Destructive fireworks explosions are not uncommon in Mexico. In 2006 an explosion in the same market did severe damage.

After Brazil, Mexico is the biggest manufacturer of fireworks in Latin America. Fireworks have been made in Tultepec for the past 200 years. The fireworks are made, decorated and packed by hand.

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In 2002 there were no fewer than 46 explosions in Mexico’s fireworks capital. In 2011 there were 14 explosions. Two explosions, in 2005 and 2006 respectively, destroyed the traders’ stalls but no one lost their lives. Fireworks manufacture is a big industry in Mexico. Festivals in honour of saints feature big fireworks displays.

The main day for fireworks displays is Independence Day. At the country’s 200th anniversary more than 2 400 fireworks provided a spectacular show. Eruviel Ávila, the governor of Mexico state, said the manufacture of fireworks would continue and the state would help those who’d lost their businesses in Tuesday’s explosions.

Sources: edition.cnn.com, rt.com, wikipedia.org, nytimes.com

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