mexico firework: 35 confirmed dead

The death toll from a massive explosion at a Mexican fireworks market on Tuesday has risen to 35, according to government authorities.
A total of 26 people were declared dead at the San Pablito Market in Tultepec. An additional nine victims died in hospitals, according to the government of the State of Mexico — the state north of Mexico City.

More than 70 people were injured in the blast, and 12 were still missing as of Thursday afternoon, The Associated Press reported. Several homes nearby were also destroyed.

video of the explosion

An estimated 80 percent of the 300 stalls in the open-air market were destroyed, according to BBC. Last week, the city of Tultepec released a statement calling the market “among the safest fireworks markets in Latin America.”

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