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Firefighters and rescue workers walk through the scorched ground of Mexico's best-known fireworks market after an explosion explosion ripped through it, inTultepec, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente told Milenio TV that dozens were hurt but he had no immediate report of any fatalities at the open-air San Pablito Market in Tultepec, in the State of Mexico. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Death toll rose to 31 after a chain explosion rocked a popular fireworks market in Mexico


UPDATE 7:16 a.m. EST:

The death toll in Tuesday's fireworks explosion at the San Pablito Market has risen to 31, Reuters reports. Mexican officials said 72 people are being treated for injuries; in many cases, more than 90 percent were burned. 

The cause of the explosion has not yet been determined, but Mexico State Gov. Eruviel Avila vowed to punish those who were responsible for it.  The popular market northeast of Mexico City was stocked with 300 tons of fireworks, a holiday tradition in Mexico.

Death toll rose to 31 after a chain explosion rocked a popular fireworks market in Mexico

WATCH  | This video captures the massive explosion from afar. The Associated Press acquired this video from "Jose DM."

UPDATE 7:40 p.m. EST:

Officials in Mexico say the death toll from an explosion at a well-known fireworks market has risen to 26. 


At least 9 people were killed and dozens were injured in an explosion at a well-known fireworks market near Mexico City, a government official told Reuters.  

The explosion happened at the open-air San Pablito Market in Tultepec, which is approximately 25 miles north of Mexico City. 

Luis Felipe Puente, coordinator of Mexico's civil protection agency, told Milenio TV that emergency personnel are at the scene assessing the damage. 

Puente tweeted saying at least 60 people were injured. 

Video captured from the scene shows the blast. 

Most of the fireworks stalls were leveled and video from the scene shows first responders combing through the rubble and hosing down hotspots. 

The Mexican Red Cross said 10 ambulances and 50 paramedics responded to the scene of the blast. 

Some nearby homes were damaged in the explosion and Puente said people should not come within three miles of the scene. 

The same market was destroyed by a fire in 2005. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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