Firefighters work amid the debris left by a huge blast that occured in a fireworks market in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016 killing at least nine people and injuring 70, according to police. AFP / RONALDO SCHEMIDT
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A massive explosion gutted Mexico's biggest fireworks market on Tuesday, killing at least 31 people and injuring 72, the authorities said.Christmas and New Year parties in many Latin American countries often wrap up with clattering firework blasts.Fire crews struggled for three hours before bringing the blaze under control.The Attorney General's Office has opened an investigation into the cause of the conflagration, which was prompted by "six pyrotechnic explosions," it said in a statement.That was the cause of an explosion in September 2005 at another fireworks market set up ahead of the Independence Day holiday.Alejandra Pretel, a resident in Tultepec, told AFP that she didn't realize at first that the explosions were coming from the large fireworks market.
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