At least 29 people dead and 70 others were injured in a massive explosion gutted Mexico’s biggest fireworks market. The conflagration, in the Suburb of Tultepec, set off a quick fire series of multicolored blasts and a vast cloud of smoke that hung over Mexico City.

The market was packed at the time with customers buying Pyrotechnics for traditional end-of-year festivities. Christmas and New Year’s parties in many Latin American countries very often wrap up with clattering firework blasts. Fire crews struggled for three hours before bringing the blaze under control.

The head of the Civil Protection Service, Luis Felipe Puente, said they had to wait for all the fireworks explosions to stop. The damage was beyond vast. The military was deployed to help emergency crews transport casualties to hospitals by ambulance and helicopter. Mexico’s president Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted his Condolences to the families of those killed and his wishes for recovery for those hurt.

Footage from YouTube . Lidia Mak

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