Live Updates! Mexico Fireworks Blast: At least 30 dead, 70 severe injured :- On Tuesday, a massive explosion engulfed the biggest fireworks market of Mexico and killed at least 30 people and more than 70 people injured 70, the concerned authorities said.
In the Mexico City suburb of Tultepec, the massive explosion set off a quick-fire series of multicolored blasts and made a vast cloud of smoke billowing over the capital city.
The multiple explosions started at 2:50 pm (2050 GMT) almost looked festive, alight in blue, red and white.
The state Governor of Mexico – Eruviel Avila said that we recovered 26 bodies at the scene of the incident and 4 more have died in the hospital, for a total of 30 dead.
The mexico police said on Twitter that more than 70 people were injured and were transported to hospital in emergency rooms.
Fire fighters struggled for three hours before bringing the fire under control.
Due to massive explosion and fire, the entire fireworks market burnt totally. Luis Felipe Puente who is the head of the civil protection service, said that the fire fighters had to wait for all the fireworks to finish exploding before they could extinguish the fire.
Homes and vehicles which are the nearby of fireworks market, were also severely damaged. Most of those being picked up by rescuers had severe burns, many over their entire bodies.
The military, which is in charge of issuing fireworks sales permits, was deployed in the markets to help emergency crews transport casualties to hospitals by ambulance and helicopter.
Fire trucks, Police vehicles, Army Trucks and Ambulances all crowded the sprawling blast area.
Enrique Pena Nieto who is the President of Mexico, tweeted his condolences to the families of those killed and his wishes for recovery for those hurt.
The cause of the blast was under investigation. Some speculated it could have been mishandling of gunpowder or other fireworks components.