A colossal explosion has torn through a Mexico City fireworks market, injuring at least 70 people, and potentially killing one person.
The AP reported:
An explosion ripped through Mexico’s best-known fireworks market on the northern outskirts of the capital Tuesday, injuring scores of people and sending a huge plume of charcoal-gray smoke billowing into the sky.
National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente told Milenio TV that 60 people were hurt but he had no immediate report of any fatalities at the open-air San Pablito Market in Tultepec, in the State of Mexico.
The Daily Star reports children were injured:
Reports say some children have been injured in the blast at a fireworks market in San Pablito, Mexico.
The majority of the 300 stalls have been destroyed as dramatic footage shows the moment the explosion happens.
Stunning footage of the explosion was released by BNO News:
— BNO News (@BNONews) December 20, 2016
The reactions about the explosion drive home how harrowing the scene was:
@EliotHiggins that's scary as shit! Especially if you have an irrational fear of fireworks. (I'm a weirdo)
— HasTrumpTraumaSyndrome (@myeucatastrophe) December 20, 2016
WOW! Looks exactly like a movie scene
— Aref (@SerArefM) December 20, 2016
Hopefully, no one will have been killed by this massive fireworks explosion, which is the second time one has taken place near Mexico City. There was an explosion in 2005 ahead of Mexican Independence Day.
Update: Sadly, The Independent reports that at least 10 people have been killed due to the explosion.
Update 2: The Daily Star reports that at least 27 people have been killed, according to Mexican officials.
Update 3: The death toll has risen to 29 people, according to USA Today.
Euronews recapped the dreadful situation: