Mexico fireworks market explosion death toll rises to 32

The death toll of the massive explosion at Mexico's best-known fireworks market climbed to 32 on Wednesday as authorities worked to identify the dead and treat the dozens injured in the stunning incident.

Of the dead, 26 victims were found at the scene and six died at area hospitals, Mexico state official Jose Manzur said at a press conference Wednesday. Eighteen victims have not yet been identified, Manzur said.

The explosion occurred at the open-air San Pablito market in Tultepec, in the State of Mexico. Officials said Wednesday that 59 people were wounded during the blasts with 46 still hospitalized.

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A massive explosion guts Mexico's biggest fireworks market in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016. The explosion killed at least 31 people and injured 72, authorities said. The conflagration in the Mexico City suburb of Tultepec set off a quick-fire series of multicolored blasts that sent a vast cloud of smoke billowing over the capital.

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Aerial view of Mexico's biggest fireworks market in Tultepec suburb, Mexico State, after a massive explosion on the eve killed at least 32 people, on December 21, 2016. Mexico worked Wednesday to identify charred bodies left by an explosion at its biggest fireworks market, as authorities investigated what caused the multi-colored salvo of destruction. Forensic experts are carrying out genetic analyses to identify the badly burned remains from Tuesday's blast, with just 13 victims identified so far, said state prosecutor Alejandro Gomez.

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A massive explosion guts Mexico's biggest fireworks market in Tultepec on December 20, 2016 killing at least 31 people. The explosion killed at least 31 people and injured 72, authorities said. The conflagration in the Mexico City suburb of Tultepec set off a quick-fire series of multicolored blasts that sent a vast cloud of smoke billowing over the capital.

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Police officers stand guard on December 21, 2016 at Mexico's biggest fireworks market in Tultepec after a massive explosion killed at least 31 people on the eve. The explosion killed at least 31 people and injured 72, authorities said. The conflagration in the Mexico City suburb of Tultepec set off a quick-fire series of multicolored blasts that sent a vast cloud of smoke billowing over the capital.

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A damaged car is seen at the disaster site after an explosion at a firework market in Tultepec, Mexico on December 21, 2016. At least 29 people were killed Tuesday when an explosion occurred at a fireworks market in a suburb of Mexico City, authorities said.

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People douse the embers amid the debris left by a huge blast that occured in a fireworks market in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016 killing at least 25 people and injuring dozens. The conflagration, in the suburb of Tultepec, set off a quickfire series of multicolored blasts and a vast amount of smoke that hung over Mexico City.

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Aerial view of Mexico's biggest fireworks market in Tultepec suburb, Mexico State, after a massive explosion on the eve killed at least 32 people, on December 21, 2016. Mexico worked Wednesday to identify charred bodies left by an explosion at its biggest fireworks market, as authorities investigated what caused the multi-colored salvo of destruction. Forensic experts are carrying out genetic analyses to identify the badly burned remains from Tuesday's blast, with just 13 victims identified so far, said state prosecutor Alejandro Gomez.

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Juan Carlos Alcala holds a photograph of his son Juan Antonio, who he is being searched for after an explosion at a fireworks market, outside the Forensic Medical Service (SEMEFO) in Tlalnepantla, Mexico December 21, 2016.

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A massive explosion guts Mexico's biggest fireworks market in Tultepec, on December 20, 2016. The explosion killed at least 31 people and injured 72, authorities said. The conflagration in the Mexico City suburb of Tultepec set off a quick-fire series of multicolored blasts that sent a vast cloud of smoke billowing over the capital.

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Security forces arrive on December 21, 2016 at Mexico's biggest fireworks market in Tultepec after a massive explosion killed at least 31 people on the eve. The explosion killed at least 31 people and injured 72, authorities said. The conflagration in the Mexico City suburb of Tultepec set off a quick-fire series of multicolored blasts that sent a vast cloud of smoke billowing over the capital.

(PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

A massive explosion guts Mexico's biggest fireworks market in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016. The explosion killed at least 31 people and injured 72, authorities said. The conflagration in the Mexico City suburb of Tultepec set off a quick-fire series of multicolored blasts that sent a vast cloud of smoke billowing over the capital.

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Forensic experts inspect the disaster site after an explosion at a firework market in Tultepec, Mexico on December 21, 2016. At least 29 people were killed Tuesday when an explosion occurred at a fireworks market in a suburb of Mexico City, authorities said.

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Concepcion Baez shows a picture of her relatives Eva Baez and Jazmani Gonzalez, as she asks for information on December 21, 2016 at Mexico's biggest fireworks market in Mexico City's Tultepec suburb after a massive explosion killed at least 31 people on the eve. Thirty one people are known to have died in the Tuesday blast. 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.

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A forensic expert inspects the disaster site after an explosion at a firework market in Tultepec, Mexico on December 21, 2016. At least 29 people were killed Tuesday when an explosion occurred at a fireworks market in a suburb of Mexico City, authorities said.

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Fire fighters put out smoldering embers amid the debris left by a huge blast that occured in a fireworks market in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016 killing at least 26 people and injuring scores. The conflagration, in the suburb of Tultepec, set off a quickfire series of multicolored blasts and a vast amount of smoke that hung over Mexico City.

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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. The conflagration, in the suburb of Tultepec, set off a quickfire series of multicolored blasts and a vast amount of smoke that hung over Mexico City.

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Relatives react while standing outside a hospital where victims of an explosion at the San Pablito fireworks market are being treated in Zumpango, Mexico December 21, 2016.

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Aerial view of Mexico's biggest fireworks market in Tultepec suburb, Mexico State, after a massive explosion on the eve killed at least 32 people. Mexico worked Wednesday to identify charred bodies left by an explosion at its biggest fireworks market, as authorities investigated what caused the multi-colored salvo of destruction. Forensic experts are carrying out genetic analyses to identify the badly burned remains from Tuesday's blast, with just 13 victims identified so far, said state prosecutor Alejandro Gomez.

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Rescuers search 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. The conflagration, in the suburb of Tultepec, set off a quickfire series of multicolored blasts and a vast amount of smoke that hung over Mexico City.

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At the press conference officials mentioned one hospitalized young girl by name, 13-year-old "Pamela," who they said had burns over 90 percent of her body. Authorities were hoping to get her to the United States for treatment.

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Officials added that five of the injured were still in grave condition.

Twelve-year-old witness Yahir David Sanchez Ortega said he was outside and going to buy something when the first stand began to explode and "all the bricks from the fireworks market started flying."

Sanchez Ortega said he saw people "running with blood on their heads" and screaming for help.

"Everything was exploding until you went deaf, where you couldn't hear all the noise," he said.

"I felt like the roof was going to cave and crush my head."

"I thought I was going to die," he said.

Video of the blast showed an arsenal of fireworks exploding at the market and a massive plume of smoke enveloping the area, just outside of Mexico City. Officials have not yet given a cause for the explosions.

Mexico has a history of fireworks explosions in market areas, including two prior explosions in Teltepec. In one Dec. 12, 1988 incident, at least 62 people were killed in the La Merced market in Mexico City.

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