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WATCH: Tultepec Fireworks Market Explosion Near Mexico City Videos & Photos

At least 27 people were killed in a dramatic explosion at a Tultepec fireworks market near Mexico City.

Another 70 people were injured in the explosion in Tultepec, which is about 25 miles from Mexico City, Mexico, according to CNN.

CNN said that fireworks are a major industry in that area of Mexico. The cause was not yet clear and damages were still being assessed for the December 20 explosion.

The AP said the market where the explosion occurred is the best known market in Mexico. According to the AP, the market is open air.

The videos and photos that circulated on social media from the scene were dramatic as the fireworks exploded into a large plume in the air. According to the AP, holidays in Mexico are often celebrated with fireworks, making it a profitable industry.

Here are more photos and videos from the scene:

Emergency responders had rushed to the scene. This post will be updated as more is known about injuries and cause. There were reports that some might have died, but those reports were unconfirmed as the situation had just occurred and was fast-unfolding.

According to the AP, a 2005 fire broke out at the same market that also triggered an explosion and there was a fire at another Mexico market in 2006.


Read more about the explosion in Mexico in Spanish at AhoraMismo.com:

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  1. Though terrible, don’t feel sorry for Mexico. The government there will take ZERO steps to ensure the safety of these places. There’s a reason for this. In the US we have these things called regulations. These don’t exist in Mexico. Sometimes it’s charming and interesting; you can start your own food business by rolling a cart into the street and there you go! You have a business. Success or failure will depend on whether or not people eat at your stand. Other times these things happen. When you have to pay a bribe to the local police for blowing a yellow light, low expectations is the norm.