A day ago, families wandered through rows of stalls at the San Pablito market north of Mexico City, searching for fireworks to launch during the holiday season. The deadly blast sent huge plumes of smoke billowing into the sky and shook the ground in neighboring towns. The San Pablito market is in Tultepec, a city about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Mexico City that bills itself as the country’s fireworks capital. Police officers stand guard on December 21, 2016 at Mexico’s biggest fireworks market in Mexico City’s Tultepec suburb after a massive explosion killed at least 31 people. The area is densely populated, and witnesses from surrounding neighborhoods captured the huge volume of smoke that billowed into the sky. 19.687105
At Least 29 Killed, Dozens Injured After Massive Explosion at Fireworks Market Near Mexico City Seventy-two people were injured, said Eruviel Avila, governor of the state of Mexico. (Credit: PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
Now forensic teams are combing through the charred rubble, searching for victims’ remains. A day later, the smell of fireworks, charred buildings and burned plastic still fills the air. Three minors are expected to be transferred to a hospital in Galveston, Texas, for treatment for extreme burns. But since then, officials have touted security improvements at the market and described it as a much safer place to buy and sell pyrotechnics than the clandestine workshops in some local homes. At least 31 people were killed and dozens more were injured in a massive explosion Tuesday at the market, officials said.