9 dead, 70 hurt in blast at Mexican fireworks market
TULTEPEC - Mexican Federal Police say nine people have died and 70 more have been injured by an explosion that ripped through a fireworks market near the capital.
The Federal Police announced what it called a "preliminary" toll from Thursday's blast.
President Enrique Pena Nieto has sent his condolences to families of the dead via Twitter.
A fire engulfed the same market in 2005, touching off a chain of explosions that leveled hundreds of stalls just ahead of Mexico's Independence Day. A similar fire at the San Pablito Market also destroyed hundreds of stands in September 2006.