MASSIVE Fireworks Market Explosion Is Caught On Tape, Scattering People And Leaving 29 Dead [VIDEO]

MASSIVE Fireworks Market Explosion Is Caught On Tape, Scattering People And Leaving 29 Dead [VIDEO]

In what looked like a scene from a war movie, a massive explosion has ripped through Mexico’s infamous fireworks market in the northern section of the capital, leaving in its wake at least 29 people dead and 72 injured, including 3 minors.

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The blast went off around 2:50 pm Tuesday, demolishing the open-air San Pablito Market in Tultepec, which held about 300 stalls where vendors were selling fireworks.

A cell phone captured the scene of the explosion, showing an immense plume of smoke billowing in the sky with fireworks going off and exploding all around. The explosions continued to go off for more than an hour after the initial round of explosions. Rescuers were unable to enter the market until all the fireworks rounds had gone off.

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Many of the injured suffer from burns covering up to 90 percent of their bodies. Others have related injuries as well. Although officials and civilians have both been seen carrying away at least one of the injured while fireworks were still going off in the background.

The governor of the State Of Mexico told CNN Español that 29 people were killed in the incident, including three who died after being taken to the hospital; also that 72 in total had been injured.

Three of the injured are minors and are being sent to Texas to get top care for their severe burns. The discharge could be heard and seen from miles away, some witnesses say. It wasn’t instantly clear what had initiated the blast. The flames have since been put out as of Tuesday evening.

Photos taken after the blast show market stalls reduced to charred remains, with most of the market blown to smithereens. Rescuers and helpers have been looking through the piles of rubble, hoping to salvage property and lives.

Back in 2005, a fire engulfed the exact same market, setting off a chain of explosions that destroyed hundreds of stalls, as it did this week.

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