From a few kilometers away, the multiple explosions almost looked festive. They were anything but. AFP / Jose Luis TOLENTINO
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Mexico worked Wednesday to identify the charred bodies of dozens of people killed in an explosion at its biggest fireworks market, as authorities investigated what caused the multicolored salvo of destruction. Thirty-one people are known to have died in the Tuesday blast – 26 at the scene and five more in hospital. Forensic experts are working on genetic analyses of the bodies because nearly all are impossible to identify.Rescue workers were still searching for bodies – or survivors – in the smoldering wreckage of the market in the Mexico City suburb of Tultepec, which was packed with customers buying pyrotechnics for traditional end-of-year festivities.Fifty-one remained in hospital Tuesday night, many with severe burns covering their bodies.The attorney general's office has opened an investigation into the cause of the blast, which it said was prompted by six initial explosions.
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