A crowded fireworks market in Mexico was particularly well stocked for the holidays when a powerful chain-reaction explosion was set off.
The powerful series of blasts has reportedly already claimed the lives of at least 31 people.
Residents in neighboring towns reported that they could feel the ground tremble under them as fireworks stalls exploded in Tultepec — about 25 miles north of Mexico City.
Mexico State health officials said 72 people were being treated for severe burns from Tuesday’s explosion, in some cases over 90 percent of their bodies.
Out of the ten children who were hospitalized, three of them are being sent to Galveston, Texas to be treated for their burns.
Survivor Crescencia Francisco Garcia said she was in the middle of the grid of stalls when the explosions began. After looking up at the sky, she took off running and saw people with burns, cuts, and lots of blood.
She told local press:
“Everything was catching fire. Everything was exploding. The stones were flying, pieces of brick, everything was flying.”
Officials reported that in addition to the 26 people who died at the market, three more victims later died in hospitals. That death toll rose to at least 31, according to Mexican newspapers on Wednesday.
Authorities have not yet said what may have caused the deadly explosion but are launching an investigation to find out who is responsible.
On Tuesday, President Enrique Pe├â┬▒a Nieto gave his condolences to the victims on Twitter, writing:
“My condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this accident and my wishes for a quick recovery for the injured.”
So incredibly devastating. Our hearts go out to all the victims and their families in the wake of this tragedy.
One passing motorist caught the harrowing explosion on camera. Watch the unbelievable footage (below):