At least 29 people died and 50 others were injured after an explosion ripped through a popular fireworks market in Mexico, sending a massive plume of smoke into the sky as 10 Red Cross ambulances rushed to the scene.
The governor of the State of Mexico, Eruviel Avila, said dozens were killed in the explosion that sent flames through the pyrotechnics booths at the open-air San Pablito Market in Tultepec, about 20 miles north of Mexico City. At the time of the blast, the market was packed with shoppers buying fireworks for upcoming holiday celebrations.
The cause of the explosion, which is not being linked to terrorism, wasn’t immediately known.
“Mexico is in mourning,” Avila said in an interview with Foro TV.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto took to Twitter to offer his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the blast and wish the injured a speedy recovery.