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An explosion at a popular fireworks market in Tultepec, Mexico, yesterday resulted in at least 29 civilian deaths and 72 injuries, according to the latest news reports; some people are still unaccounted for. The explosion ripped through San Pablito market, which is a densely populated area known for fireworks sales. The market was especially busy as people purchased fireworks for the holidays.
The cause of the explosion, which sent a series of huge plumes of smoke into the sky, has not yet been determined. However, this incident highlights the deadly potential fireworks carry.
Antonio Macias, our Latin America representative, is based in Mexico City, which is 25 miles south of Tultepec. He is following up with local authorities on how NFPA can support their efforts in the aftermath of this tragedy.
NFPA’s fireworks codes only address professional use of fireworks. NFPA 1123, Code for Fireworks Display, contains information on how to set up and operate professional outdoor fireworks displays. NFPA 1124, Code for the Manufacture, Transportation and Storage of Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles, establishes fire and life safety requirements for the manufacture, transportation, and storage of fireworks, pyrotechnic articles, and any components containing pyrotechnic or explosive compositions. It does not apply to the retail sales, associated storage or the use of consumer fireworks by the general public.