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>> In the charred aftermath, of yet another Mexico fireworks explosion, there's at least one question looming. Why does this keep happening? Tuesday's blast is reportedly the ninth time, since 1997, that fireworks have ravaged this popular San Pablito market. Situated on the northern outskirts of Mexico City, many had assumed authorities here in Mexico's fireworks hub had finally learned from past mistakes.
Reuters' Correspondent, Natalie Ann Schachar in this San Pablito market.>> I spoke to one person who said that he didn't think this would happen. There were a lot of safety measures in place. Separators between stalls. And just last week someone from a local fireworks association said everything was fine.
ut it clearly wasn't. Cell phone video captured the powerful chain reaction early Tuesday evening. A confused seen ensued as rescuers raced to root out survivors. In the end, dozens lay dead. Scores more remain wounded, many with severe burns that bring the possibility of a rising death toll.
th Christmas and New Years just days away, officials say the market had been stocked with more fireworks than usual. But despite a series of heightened safety measures, only ash and rubble remain. And with the tinge of smoke and gunpowder still in the air, investigators are once again trying to piece together what went wrong.