MEXICO CITY - At least 27 people died in an explosion at a fireworks market outside the Mexican capital on Tuesday, according to a local emergency services official.
The blast at the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Mexico City, also injured at least 70 others, according to a tweet from federal police.
Isidro Sanchez, the head of Tultepec emergency services, said the death toll was preliminary as rescue workers scoured the site.
Local television showed a flurry of multi-colored fireworks exploding in all directions as a massive plume of smoke rose above the market while people frantically fled.
Aerial footage showed charred stalls and destroyed buildings.
A blast struck the popular market in September 2005 just before independence day celebrations, injuring many people. (Reporting by David Alire Garcia and Lizbeth Diaz; Editing by James Dalgleish)