Mexico witnessed a massive explosion in its firework market on Tuesday. This has led to severe causalities; around 31 people are dead and more than 70 are injured. The number of causalities may go up as it is a very crowed market.
This biggest fireworks market of Mexico is known for its large crowds. The market had been packed with customers buying pyrotechnics for traditional end-of-year festivities. Christmas and New Year parties in many Latin American countries often wrap up with clattering firework blasts.
The eye-witness were horrified by recalling the incident. One person said that “You just heard the blast. And everything started to be on fire. People came running out on fire. People were alight also children were alight.”
At least 72 people are wounded and transported to emergency rooms at nearby hospitals. Some of the injured have been burned over 90 percent of their bodies.
The Mexico Attorney General’s Office has opened an investigation into the cause of the conflagration. At least six pyrotechnic explosions are to be investigated.
It’s not yet clear what caused the explosions, but police, firefighters, paramedics, military units, and other authorities from surrounding municipalities reportedly gathered to support officials in San Pablito.
In 2006 and 2007 also there were explosions that destroyed the entire market, but after those incidents security measures were introduced to prevent chain explosions.
Jose Luis Tolentino said that “he was in traffic and heard loud noises. Some of the people who tried to get away tripped in the frantic dash. Adding an alarming factor, the fireworks market is the size of a soccer stadium.”
According to CNN, Eruviel Avila governor of the State of Mexico said that seventy-two people were injured as the death toll climbed throughout the evening.
Video captured flashes of fire following an explosion in which a massive cloud of smoke mushroomed into the sky.
We also wish a speedy recovery to the injured. God Bless Them!