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Mexico fireworks market explosion leaves at least 27 dead, injures 70

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12-21-2016 10:37 BJT

In Mexico, officials say at least 27 people died and 70 others were injured in an explosion at a fireworks market outside the capital on Tuesday.

Photo taken by a mobile device on Dec. 20, 2016 shows the site of a blast at the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, Mexico. At least 60 people were injured in an explosion Tuesday at the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, a town in the State of Mexico, Luis Felipe Puente, director of Civil Protection, said. [Photo: Xinhua]

Photo taken by a mobile device on Dec. 20, 2016 shows the site of a blast at the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, Mexico. At least 60 people were injured in an explosion Tuesday at the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, a town in the State of Mexico, Luis Felipe Puente, director of Civil Protection, said. [Photo: Xinhua]

The blast struck the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, about 32 kilometers north of Mexico City. Local television showed a flurry of multi-colored fireworks exploding in all directions. A massive plume of smoke rose above the market while people frantically fled.

A blast also struck the popular market in September 2005 just before independence day celebrations, injuring many people. Almost a year later, another detonation gutted the area again.