Explosions From Fireworks Market Heard in Neighboring Suburb

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 2017Updated: January 14, 20171 views
Published: January 13, 2017Updated: January 14, 2017

The continuous cracks of fireworks set off in an explosion at a market in Tultepec, Mexico, could be heard in the suburbs of Mexico City on December 20 as a giant plume of smoke rose into the sky.

Enrique Nava, a local resident, told Storyful that he heard the explosion and felt his house windows rattle. “My wife mentioned to me that something serious was happening and I took my kids and went out into the street where I saw that it was Tianguis de Cohetes de San Pablito [the fireworks market]. It’s worth mentioning that I was there the day before, buying sparklers – the security measures are notorious – and the stalls were full to bursting with fireworks.”

The National Coordinator of Civil Protection <a href="https://twitter.com/LUISFELIPE_P/status/811336288808869888" target="_blank">reported</a> that at least 60 people were injured as of 4:30 pm local time, December 20.

No deaths have been officially reported, but President Enrique Peña Nieto <a href="https://twitter.com/EPN/status/811353507932475392" target="_blank">tweeted</a> condolences to “those who lost their lives.” The <a href="https://twitter.com/CruzRoja_MX/status/811337808270852096" target="_blank">Mexican Red Cross</a> said they deployed ten ambulances and fifty paramedics to the scene.

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