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At least 29 killed, 70 injured in Mexican fireworks blast

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A massive explosion at a fireworks market outside the Mexican capital killed at least 29 people while left around 70 injured on Tuesday as per the local authorities. This was the third blast that strikes the famous San Pablito market area in Tultepec – about 20 miles (32 km) north of Mexico City, in just over a decade.

According to Isidro Sanchez, the head of Tultepec emergency services, the death toll may rise as rescue operation continues at the spot.

A lack of adequate security measures had likely triggered the blast, he added.

A burst of colorful fireworks was seen exploding from everywhere on the local television in the early afternoon as a huge trail of smoke rose above the market.

A video later was released that showed people desperately escaping.

The aerial footage showed charred stalls and destroyed buildings.

The blast is the latest in a series of deadly explosions and industrial accidents that have roiled Mexico’s oil, gas and petrochemical industries. Last year, a blast struck the Tultepec fireworks market in September just before Independence Day celebrations.

The incident left many injured. Now, just a year after, another explosion shattered the area again.

“I offer my condolences to the relatives of those who lost their lives in this accident and my wishes for a speedy recovery for the injured,” President Enrique Pena Nieto said in a tweet.

Pena Nieto is the former governor of the State of Mexico; the country’s largest which surrounds the capital, where Tultepec is located.