Officials probing deadly Mexico fireworks explosion

Death toll at 31 but could rise as cadaver dogs being used to search rubble

Officials probing deadly Mexico fireworks explosion

World Bulletin / News Desk

Forensic teams on Wednesday are investigating a fireworks market after 31 people were killed following a massive blast the previous day, officials said.

“We don’t know yet what could have caused the explosion, but the attorney of the state of Mexico works with Mexico attorney general’s office so we expect that in the next few hours we will have an expert opinion on this,” Mexico state Secretary General Jose Manzur told a local radio station.

Five victims died at the hospital, according to authorities, while 29 were killed at the scene.

Police said 32 people are missing while 60 others were injured in the blast at the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, just outside of Mexico City.

The death toll could still rise as cadaver dogs are being used to search for possible victims in the rubble.

The country’s attorney general opened an investigation late Tuesday to identify the cause of the blast, but authorities said 300 tons of fireworks detonated in a chain of six explosions.

The popular market was bustling at the time of the explosion with patrons buying up fireworks to set off during Christmas and New Year’s Day – a tradition in Mexico and many Latin American countries.

A video posted on social media showed explosions, fire and heavy smoke coming from the market. Explosions could be heard in the background.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Aralık 2016, 21:14