Mexican town pays tribute to firework blast victims with pyrotechnic display

3/10/2017 The Guardian

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A  few days before Christmas, something caused a firework to go off at the San Pablito pyrotechnics market on the northern outskirts of Mexico City. Within seconds, the blast had unleashed a powerful chain-reaction which tore through the market in a cascade of explosions and sent a towering plume of smoke over the town of Tultepec.

By the time the smoke had cleared, dozens had been killed, scores more were injured, and the market was reduced to a scorched ruin.

Two and a half months later, Tultepec is again echoing with explosions, but this time for the country’s National Pyrotechnics Fair, which culminates this weekend in a display of “musical pyrotechnics” and mass release of sky lanterns.

Officials describe it as both a tribute to the 42 victims of the disaster – and a way of keeping the local economy afloat.

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