At least nineteen people are dead and over forty are seriously wounded, including many rescue workers, in a series of explosions at fireworks warehouses and workshops in a suburb of Mexico City.
The blasts happened a short time ago, and details are still developing. Photos and video from the scene are included below.
The explosions happened in the town of Tultepec, which is known as the pyrotechnic capital of Mexico. Much of the country’s fireworks are produced there, but poor oversight and safety issues have led to a number of deadly explosions over the years.
These tweets provide some idea of the scope of the tragedy.
Mexico: at least 17 people killed in fireworks explosions https://t.co/U92x5KUXeq
— The Guardian (@guardian) July 5, 2018
The devastation in the town is immense.
— Guido Mastrangelo (@GuidoGma) July 5, 2018
Mexico fireworks: Tultepec warehouse blast kills 12 https://t.co/Af23om3aGr
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 5, 2018
Two explosions at fireworks workshops outside Mexico City on Thursday killed at least 19 people, including rescue workers, and injured dozens more, officials said, in the latest deadly blast to hit a town known for its fireworks production.
After a first blast in the municipality of Tultepec, firefighters, police and other rescue workers arrived at the scene when a second explosion occurred, the state government said in a statement.
“Emergency crews attended the call of the first explosion, when a second incident occurred, killing and injuring members of these groups,” the statement said.
BREAKING: Explosions rip through fireworks factory near Mexico City, killing at least 17 people, including rescue workers pic.twitter.com/3uvtu7Vf0v
— BNO News (@BNONews) July 5, 2018
Television images showed a plume of smoke rising over buildings on the outskirts of Tultepec and scores of firefighters and rescue workers at the scene.
Luis Felipe Puente, the head of Mexico’s civil protection agency, told local television there were at least 19 fatalities and 40 people injured.
There has been a series of blasts at the fireworks markets, workshops and depots in Tultepec, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Mexico City, including a series of massive explosions in a market in December 2016 that killed around three dozen people.
Puente said the sale of fireworks in the area would be suspended and the permits of manufacturers would be reviewed.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 5, 2018
We will update this story as more details become available.