Over 30 People Killed in Mexico City fireworks Explosion

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Mexico City Fireworks Market engulfed by Explosion
Mexico City Fireworks Market engulfed by Explosion Photo credit: Jose Luis Tolentino via AP

An explosion at a fireworks market outside Mexico City has killed over 30 people and leaving hundreds seriously injured.

According to BBC report, over 70 people were injured as the blast hit the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, about 20 miles (32km) outside the city.

Dozens of paramedics and police rushed to the scene. The cause of the explosions is not yet known.

Eruviel Avila, governor of the State of Mexico, said some children had suffered burns to more than 90 per cent of their bodies and they were being sent to the United States city of Galveston, Texas, for specialised treatment.

Most of those killed are so badly burnt their bodies will have to be identified using DNA testing, he added.

Fireworks continued to explode after the initial blast, as smoke billowed from the area in thick black clouds. The market is said to had contained more than 300 tonnes of fireworks, Mexican media reported.