Mexico Explosion Update: 26 Dead Reported and More

An explosion ripped through Mexico’s best-known fireworks market on the northern outskirts of the capital – Tultepec, killing at least 26 people and injuring scores.

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Mexican Federal Police announced via its official Twitter account that 70 others were injured in what it called the preliminary toll from the afternoon blast.
"My condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this accident and my wishes for a quick recovery for the injured," said President Enrique Pena Nieto via Twitter.

The explosion, which was caught on camera, sent a huge plume of charcoal-gray smoke billowing into the sky

Sirens wailed and a heavy scent of gunpowder lingered in the air after the blast at the open-air San Pablito Market in Tultepec, in the State of Mexico. Most of the fireworks stalls were completely leveled. The smoking, burned-out shells of vehicles ringed the perimeter, and emergency workers and residents who rushed to help combed through the ashes. Firefighters hosed down still-smoldering hot spots.

"All of a sudden it started booming," the 41-year-old Mexico City resident said. "I and the others surrounding me all took off running."
Eventually Garcia was able to find her daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren who were waiting in a car just inside the perimeter fence.

The Mexican Red Cross said it sent 10 ambulances with 50 paramedics to the scene

A fire engulfed the same market in 2005, touching off a chain of explosions that leveled hundreds of stalls just ahead of Mexico's Independence Day. A similar fire at the San Pablito Market also destroyed hundreds of stands in September 2006.
This article was originally published on Fox News.

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