Explosions ripped through the San Pablito fireworks market north of Mexico City on Tuesday, killing at least 29 people and injuring dozens more. The explosion occurred in Tultepec, about 25 miles north of Mexico City. The town is known for its pyrotechnics industry and the market is popular for fireworks sales. The market was especially crowded as locals shopped for fireworks to mark Christmas and New Year celebrations. The cause of the explosion was not immediately known; however, this is the third such explosion to occur at the market since 2005.
Mexican health officials said 72 people were treated for injuries from the explosion, including for severe burns, in some cases over 90 percent of their bodies. Three of the children hurt in the explosion were sent to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston, Texas, which is known in the nation for its burn care and treatment facility. Mexico State Governor Eruviel Avila reported Tuesday night that in addition to the 26 people that perished at the market, three more victims later died in hospitals bringing the death toll to at least 29. However, Mexican newspapers reported the death toll had risen to at least 31 on Wednesday morning.
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