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Mexico blasts: Death toll rises to 36

Mexico blasts: Death toll rises to 36

Mexico City: The death toll from an explosion at Mexico’s largest fireworks market rose to 36 after a woman with burns on 90 per cent of her body died, hospital officials said on Sunday.

The blasts occurred earlier this week at a market in Tultepec outside Mexico City, killing at least 26 at the scene and 10 more at hospitals, until now.

Of the 60 hurt in the explosions several remain in critical condition, according to authorities.

At the time of the blast, the market was packed with customers buying pyrotechnics for traditional year-end festivities.

Christmas and New Year parties in many Latin American countries often wrap up with a fireworks free-for-all show.

The market had been rocked by two explosions in the past: in September 2005 ahead of the Independence Day holiday, and again the following year. Both incidents left dozens of injured, but no fatalities.

AFP