Massive Explosions Kill 29 People at Mexican Fireworks Market, Dozens More Injured (video)…

Intense explosions erupted in Tultepec Mexcio at a fireworks market approximately the size of a football stadium. The death toll stands at 29 people with as many as 70 rushed to the hospital for their injuries. (Stunning video below)

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(CNN) Explosions ripped through a fireworks market north of Mexico City on Tuesday, killing at least 29 people and sending columns of smoke into the sky. Seventy-two people were injured, said Eruviel Avila, governor of the State of Mexico.

Three minors are expected to be transferred to a hospital in Galveston, Texas, for treatment of extreme burns after the blast in Tultepec, about 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) north of Mexico City. Video captured flashes of fire and what appeared to be fireworks exploding. A witness told CNN that people ran for their lives. The death toll climbed throughout the evening.  (more)

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100 Responses to Massive Explosions Kill 29 People at Mexican Fireworks Market, Dozens More Injured (video)…

  1. SoCal Patriot says:

    My goodness…total devastation. That is really a shame.

    Liked by 6 people

  2. Reality Wins says:

    If the Democrats were really inclusive they would allow illegal immigrants the cultural enrichment of Fireworks Markets in their sanctuary cities.

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  3. Dommy says:

    Sabotage?

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    • rsanchez1990 says:

      Looking like an accident. With so many fireworks concentrated in one location, all you need is a spark at the wrong place.

      Liked by 5 people

      • georgiafl says:

        It was LOUD too – so loud that the survivors may have suffered some hearing damage.

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        • OmegaManBlue says:

          While watching the video that was on of the things I thought of.

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        • RedBallExpress says:

          I had a neighbor “Lafe” that fought in the Philippines in WWII. One night he told us his ears would still ring from the artillery 60 years earlier. I am not making this up. You could hear his ears ringing across the room. He did not have hearing aids.

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          • georgiafl says:

            The Bible vers – “You are fearfully and wonderfully made.” comes to mind. They still have not made a computer or lens that equals the human brain or eye. Nor a machine that is self-healing like our skin and bodies. Or a hand and eye that can paint or draw a picture, write a symphony or song or make and decorate a wedding cake….or gestate, birth and nurse and cuddle a baby.

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          • Carol Baker says:

            “You could hear his ears ringing across the room. ”
            Huh? Not possible. The hearing damage caused by explosions is destruction of the workings of the ear itself resulting in sending incorrect messages to the brain. There is nothing vibrating that can be heard externally.

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            • RedBallExpress says:

              It is possible. It did happen. There are many people that witnessed it. It sounded like a humming high line wire. I know it is unbelievable. By the way Lafe had excellent hearing.

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              • RedBallExpress says:

                I should add that his ears would only ring once in while.

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                • Jim Costa says:

                  “I should add that his ears would only ring once in while.”

                  Did you answer them? Maybe ET Aliens are calling…

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                  • RedBallExpress says:

                    I didn’t! The first time I heard it Lafe put his finger in his right ear and the noise would stop. When he pulled it out it would start again. I know this is hard to swallow. If you can’t believe it I understand. Sort of like a Big Foot sighting or someone claims they actually saw Obama working.

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          • mtkennedy21 says:

            William Wyler was made permanently deaf from flying in the belly of a B 25 taking movie footage in Italy. He was the Director who made Memphis Belle and Best Years of Our Lives. He recovered a little hearing in one ear but wore earphones to hear the rest of his life.

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    • west1890 says:

      Highly unlikely. If you’ve never been to Mexico you’ve missed a look into a ‘Rube Goldberg’ electrical wiring nightmare. It’s a wonder he whole country hasn’t gone up in flames

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  4. Hillbilly4 says:

    The devastation – looks like a daisy cutter, or MOAB was used. All from what starts out as simple pyrotechnics. So much suffering.

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    • Kevin Sherlock says:

      Prayers for the souls of the dead and for the recovery of the living.

      And slow painful public death to any Islamist who was involved.

      They hate Hispanics too. Just ask the Latins of the Nashville area how well the Kurdish immigrants (Moslem excrement from Turkey, Iran, Iraq border areas) do as neighbors. BTW, the Turks used the Kurds to massacre Armenians. They murdered Greeks too.

      In light of the murder of the Russian ambassador, maybe we should push with others to ensure Constantinople and the western side of the Straits go to Russia. (Constantinople is as significant to Russians and other Orthodox Christians as Rome is to Catholics and Jerusalem is to Jews.

      This will right a historic wrong, and enable true believers to scrape the Moslem graffiti and other visual filth off the inside of Hagia Sofia and knock down the minarets, and use the resulting rubble as part of their own wall against Moslem invaders. This would weaken the scumbag Turks.

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    • maga2016 says:

      more like a cluster bomb

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  5. SteveInCO says:

    Those darn Russian hackers are at it again.

    I had the misfortune of witnessing a propane company’s fire…it left a column of smoke for miles and you could hear the smaller tanks going ” boom….boom….boom” It ended up making national news ALONG WITH a fire in a nursing home elsewhere in town.

    If the big underground storage tank had gone, it would have been VERY different…and I might not be here.

    This Mexican Fireworks Market explosion sounds like it was MUCH worse, it was certainly deadlier. Can’t even imagine. My sympathies to everyone who was injured, or who lost a loved one.

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  6. sundance says:

    If anyone watched the video, did you get the impression the car is driving in reverse?

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    • James Crawford says:

      Drfinately driving in reverse.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Like a goofball, at first I thought it was someone in the backseat taking the video from the side window, and then moving it to the back window. In the last part I was all confused thinking there was no way the driver could’ve had such a steady hand throughout. Well, now I know, they were going in reverse, but that’s awfully weird as well. It was completely silent in the vehicle too. Usually people are talking while watching. It must’ve been worse than what it looked.

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      • 4bleu says:

        yup. getting out of there and passenger getting the video as they go.

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    • Ron says:

      Yes, that’s very strange… you can see the door mirror too, so it’s shot through the front windshield. Maybe they were on some sort of highway and had to back off the highway because the offramp was closed…

      I thought maybe they were playing the video backwards, but the explosion sounds aren’t ‘backwards’ so I guess it was filmed while the car was driving back somehow…

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    • Dixie says:

      No, I didn’t get that feeling. Just that it was driving past the explosions and at one point, the camera was switched to the back window.

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    • Yes, I thought it was driving in reverse, but also wondered if the video was reversed. We’ve seen that here in the Treehouse with some vids. So, now I don’t know.

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    • tellthetruth2016 says:

      It looked like he was in the back seat,. Then kept videoing in the rear window…….Looked like they were driving away……

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      • tellthetruth2016 says:

        Then I pulled it up again and it showed the side view mirror, So, I agree,. It looks like he IS driving backwards for sure……

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    • MfM says:

      Looks like it was shot by a passenger in the front seat. Started out very close to the guard rail and then moved over to the traveling lane.

      Likely traffic was stopped because you couldn’t exit and they wanted to get out of there.

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  7. Ron says:

    So sorry to hear this, our thoughts are with the Mexican people…

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  8. Notmeagain says:

    Sympathy, but fireworks concentrations like this are trouble waiting to happen. Look at all those flimsy booths full of explosives in close proximity, ready to turn into flaming shrapnel at the drop of a cigarette. Mexicans love fireworks though, they set little ones off all the time around here.

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  9. sunnydaze says:

    So sad. I lived in Mexico for a few months decades ago and it was kinda fun the way they shot off fireworks nearly every nite in the town square.

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  10. litlbit2 says:

    Take from Wikipedia “There have been a number of notable accidents related to the manufacture and sale of fireworks in Mexico. In 1998, an explosion in a workshop in the Barrio de San Agustín neighborhood in Tultepec affected over one hundred houses and killed ten neighbors.[8] In 1999, and explosion at a clandestine workshop in Celaya left 56 dead and 350 hurt.[2] In 2003, there was an explosion at the Miguel Hidalgo Market in Veracruz, which started at a clandestine fireworks warehouse that resulted in 28 dead, 35 hurt and 52 missing.[2] The last major accident in Tultepec was the 2006 explosion at the San Pablito market. This explosion was attributed to a product called a “cerillo” (match) which consists of a colored stick with chemicals on both ends which produces sparks when scraped on a surface. This led to a yearlong ban on the product so its safety could be reevaluated.[8] In 2016, a major explosion in San Pablito killed at least ten.[13][14][15]

    Prayers for all in such a nightmare!

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  11. Makes me wonder what the minors were doing there… what a horrible thing to be severely burned like that. I hope that hospital still has a decent burn unit, with the “unaffordable if you can even get a plan act” one never knows anymore. Damn.

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  12. georgiafl says:

    10 worst fireworks disasters: http://www.oddee.com/item_98635.aspx

    Florida is included:
    “On July 4, 2007, 41-year-old Tampa resident Tony Glenn Rogers wandered into the Galaxy Fireworks Tent in Port Richey, Florida. What follows is an act of stupidity that ultimately sent him to prison for over three years. Rogers decided to light one of the large fireworks that was for sale in the tent, causing a massive explosion as the firework went off in a small space that was full of people and explosives.
    Other shoppers ran for their lives, many were injured, and one man was nearly killed.”

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  13. lastinillinois says:

    ay, caramba

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  14. not good.. just before Christmas.. prayer for the families..

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    • Carol Baker says:

      Does it suggest that if it was not near christmas, it would not have been so bad?

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      • Always bad, especially now. Christmas plays an important part in Hispanic, and most Western cultures in general, is not good that it happened now. Families are excited for Christmas which is four days away and having to bury your dead at this holy time of year is somehow not right, same as it is in Germany, Turkey and other places. This is the time of year for celebrating the birth of Christ, happiness and goodwill toward men. This will forever effect their lives every Christmas from here on out, I pray for them.

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        • Carol Baker says:

          I guess I just don’t see a connection. If this happened in January then the deaths and injuries would some how be less significant. It sounds cold to me.

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  15. keeler says:

    When I posted about the Oakland “Ghost” fire, I had the feeling I was forgetting a couple things. This has recalled one of those things.

    I’ve worked in the “vacation” industry, and I can say from years of experience that when we are on vacation we let our guards down. Not only are people paying less attention, but we’re more likely to engage in risk taking activities… like visiting Mexican fireworks markets.

    Have fun, but be careful. It’s easy to forget in the moment that the Mexicos and Thailands of this world don’t have the same fire safety standards. And this applies not only to obvious places like fireworks markets, but restaurants and other public venues.

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  16. Patriot1783 says:

    Was the area “cleared” by first responders before allowing the crowd in?
    I’d be worried what could still be smoldering

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    • maiingankwe says:

      I sincerely doubt it. Unfortunately. I know they love their fireworks, I know enjoy watching them too, but why the heck would they have all of those in one public place? A fireworks market? Sounds deadly, and now we’ve seen what it can do.

      I’m so sorry for all of those who were there, and my prayers are to all who were hurt and lost. My heart goes to all of the families and friends. This really is heartbreaking.

      I think those numbers of who died will climb even higher. Watching the video and seeing how large and long it continued 29 is a small and very lucky number. And those poor children with severe burns, I’m ever so sorry for the pain they are enduring.

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    • Marc says:

      Never happens in most countries outside of the US, CA, and maybe the UK. Hell, there were still fireworks going off when all the people were walking around the blown up market.

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  17. Harry Lime says:

    This is tragic. Prayers for the Mexican people.

    Here is one that happened in the Netherlands. Massive explosions but thankfully I don’t think there were any fatalities. It did leave hundreds of people homeless.

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  18. ryanomalley1 says:

    Seems like a good spot for Bumblebee Man of Simpsons fame. “Ay ay ay, muy explosivo!”

    Too soon?

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  19. M33 says:

    I am sad to hear this. It is terrible when accidents cause so much pain for so many…

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  20. maga2016 says:

    sources say that the fireworks were the unused victory fireworks from the Clinton campaign

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  21. Ds says:

    Sadly As the car either drives away in reverse or on the wrong side of the road there’s a sign that says in Spanish

    watch your distance your life is valuable

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  22. Ds says:

    The sign that says watch your distance is at one minute and nine seconds

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  23. georgiafl says:

    Anything beyond a sparkler should go only to licensed professionals.

    I remember back in the 1950s, some college boys (at Emory U, I believe) got into big trouble blowing up their dorm’s plumbing system by flushing lit cherry bombs down the toilets.

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    • squid2112 says:

      Oh please. I grew up in Washington State where they have exactly that law! … That didn’t stop anyone from either buying fireworks illegally, or, making their own (which we did frequently). Washington has just as many fireworks accidents as anyone else, some even worse because people build their own. And trust me, the stuff that we built was far more powerful than anything you can buy. There was one incident whereby half a city block was taken out.

      It is far safer to have commercially available products than to have people building their own.

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      • georgiafl says:

        I didn’t mean laws against – just my personal opinion! I grew up long ago when there were no laws and saw a lot of people get hurt.

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      • Gary says:

        Yep, acetylene and a gable top milk container and wahlah, instant crater. Though we were never destructive i.e. toilets, plumbing etc. we were content to crater fields maybe…maybe (lol) crack the occasional manhole cover. It’s not about laws, it’s about being responsible even when your being a dumb kid,

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        • When I was a kid we were ALWAYS making our own fireworks. Nothing was safe. We used ANYTHING that would pop, flash, fizz, smoke, produce thrust, or go BOOM when properly contained.

          We picked apart “duds” that we found on the morning if July 5th.

          We stripped the heads off of kitchen matches.

          We made our own black powder with sulfur, charcoal and potassium nitrate from our chemistry sets.

          We used dad’s grinder to make magnesium shavings from a bar we found (oh YEAH!)

          We even sawed my dad’s shotgun shells in half to get the gunpowder.

          From these resources we made rockets that blasted off with a hiss and zoomed out of sight (not as good as ESTES made, but good enough for us), firecrackers that made a boom louder than ANY M-80 (which a kid down the street seemed to have an ENDLESS supply of) a cannon that fired tennis balls two full blocks (couldn’t make a SPUD gun–mom kept a CLOSE eye on the ‘taters) and a “Marble Gun” from a piece of metal conduit (we never did figure out how far the marbles could actually go) and SPOKE guns from bicycle spokes (anyone ever hear of THOSE? LOL) All that, in addition to the more traditional smoke bombs (various colors) STINK bombs (rotten egg sulfur smell) firecrackers, flash-bangs… you name it.

          And NO ONE ever got hurt (unless you count the time I burned off my eyebrows and lashes trying to blow out a soup can full of burning, molten wax—LESSON LEARNED about adding OXYGEN to burning liquid fuel).

          Back then, we were “Explorers and Innovators” who got “A’s” in science and were thought to be mischevious, but gifted. These days, we would just be deemed criminals, or even “Domestic Terrorists”.

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          • joshua says:

            also….wrap a bunch of match heads in aluminum foil and set on fire to make a sulfur stink bomb…

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            • Yes! We used to do that but place a pin inside (along the matchstick) before you wrap the foil, then slide out the pin afterwards to leave a “tube” for gases to vent. Didn’t “fly” but we thought we were building little rockets!

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              • Sherlock says:

                You’re bringing back memories here.

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                • “Plans” for ‘Spoke Gun’:

                  Take one bicycle spoke, complete with “Barrel Nut” (attaches rim to spoke)

                  Bend “Hub” end of spoke into a shape resembling “butt” of gun

                  Adjust “Barrel Nut” so that only a few threads engage the actual spoke-the remainder will form an empty cylinder that points outward (away from “Butt” formed in previous step)

                  Fill empty cylinder (Barrel Nut) with ground up match head or tiny amount of firecracker powder. (Leave last 1/8 inch empty )

                  Seal top of cylinder with tiny piece of lead–force in with another spoke (this prevents “powder” from falling out, and also becomes a tiny projectile (smaller than a traditional BB)

                  To “fire” your ‘Spoke Gun’ hold the “Barrel” over a lit candle—point AWAY from you—and wait for heat to ignite the propellant

                  VOILA–instant miniature cannon totally unsuitable for ANYTHING other than entertaining an 8 year old (and possibly pestering a sleeping cat)

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    • joshua says:

      a Texas A & M traditional celebration with Cherry Bombs and M-80s in the 1950s….flushed from 2nd floor urinal would blow up urinal on 1st floor.

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  24. joshua says:

    well, this is sorta like what happened to the US Public Schools with all the influx of non English speaking illegal Mexican aliens sneaking in and squating in our nation and sucking off our taxes.
    Boom….and all OUR KIDS’ education was blown to smithereens…..

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    • 4bleu says:

      education was long gone before that happened.
      the schools want bodies in chairs because the way the money is allocated to schools is by head count. Schools do not care about ‘teaching’ anyone anything. When they look at kids, legal or illegal, all they see is green $$.

      If they really did care about teaching, all those illegals would already be speaking English, writing essays and giving speeches about how wonderful George Washington was.

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  25. kimosaabe says:

    A terrible tragedy for sure. Not to get off track but back in the days when I was growing up fireworks was a big cool deal for us kids. I remember pretty much everything was available…black cat firecrackers, M-80s, cherry bombs and such. I’d strap bottle rockets to my balsa wood gliders light the fuse toss it in the air and away we go. I’d blow up just for demented fun I guess, a number of the plastic military equipment I glued together from the kits throughout the year. Ever drop a real firecracker (the kind from the old days) into an empty coke bottle and stand there to see what happens? Don’t. But hey I was just a dumb kid.

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    • joshua says:

      punch a hole in the bottom of food can, turn upside down…put any firecracker in the hole, light and see how high it would fly up in the air….if too big a cracker, fragmentation possible…..way we discovered that American Kids in those days were invincible.

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  26. daughnworks247 says:

    I do biz in China for stone but I am also a fireworks nut. Our property is big and we have big parties for July 4th and New Year’s, so, I looked into buying a container of fireworks. Called the ATF and checked with FBI for permission = no problems.
    I learned almost the entire world’s supply comes from one small city, Luiyang, in China, only 8 companies in total. The fireworks are produced in little mud huts with slate roofs, specifically because of fire concerns.
    Check it out:
    http://dominatorfireworks.com/liuyang_article.html

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  27. Jim Costa says:

    Terrorists…

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  28. 4bleu says:

    In a lot of countries, it’s very popular for people to set off fireworks for Christmas and a week later of course, for New Years. So that market was busy for the high season demand.

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  29. Arkindole says:

    Why are all those immigrants Dreamers people milling around the blast scene? Looking for squibs?

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