Death toll rises to 35 in Mexico fireworks blasts

Death toll rises to 35 in Mexico fireworks blasts
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The death toll in a fiery wave of blasts at Mexico's largest fireworks market has risen to 35, authorities said Thursday as mourners held funerals for people killed in the tragedy.

The toll rose as two females, a woman and a minor, died in the hospital, the government of the state of Mexico said.

Of the 60 hurt in the explosions Tuesday in Tultepec outside Mexico City, some remain in critical condition.

At the time of the blast the market was packed with customers buying pyrotechnics for traditional year-end festivities.

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    Rescue workers and local residents 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 26 people and injuring scores.

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    Firefighters and volunteers work amid the smouldering debris left by a blast in a fireworks market killing at least 26 and injuring dozens, in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016.

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    View of part of the extensive damage caused by a blast in a fireworks market that killed at least 26 and injured dozens, in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016.

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    A lonesome man empties a fire extinguisher over the smouldering ruins left by a blast in a fireworks market that killed at least 26 and injured dozens, in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016.

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    Rescuers and survivors remain amid the smouldering ruins left by a blast in a fireworks market that killed at least 26 and injured dozens, in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016.

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    Rescue worker searches 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.

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    Rescuers and survivors work amid the smouldering ruins left by a blast in a fireworks market that killed at least 26 and injured dozens, in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016.

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    Rescuers and survivors work amid the smouldering ruins left by a blast in a fireworks market that killed at least 26 and injured dozens, in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016.

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    Firefighters work amid the smouldering debris left by a blast in a fireworks market killing at least 26 and injuring dozens, in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016.

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    Firefighters work amid the smouldering debris left by a blast in a fireworks market killing at least 26 and injuring dozens, in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016.

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    Firefighters work amid the smouldering ruins left by a blast in a fireworks market killing at least 26 and injuring dozens, in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016.

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    Firefighters work amid the smouldering ruins left by a blast in a fireworks market killing at least 26 and injuring dozens, in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016.

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    Fire fighter gives orders 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.

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    A firefighter takes a rest amid the smouldering ruins left by a blast in a fireworks market that killed at least 26 and injured dozens, in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016.

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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.

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    Firefighters and rescuers work amid the smouldering ruins left by a blast in a fireworks market killing at least 26 and injuring dozens, in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    Soldiers 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 26 people and injuring scores.

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    Rescue workers 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.

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    Soldiers and local residents 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 26 people and injuring scores.

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    Rescue workers 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 26 people and injuring scores.

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    Police and rescue workers 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 26 people and injuring scores.

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    Rescue workers 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.

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    Soldiers and rescuers search amid the ruins 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.

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    Soldiers 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.

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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.

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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.

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    Soldiers and rescue workers search amid the ruins 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.

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    Soldiers and rescue workers search amid the ruins 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.

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    Survivors search amid the ruins 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.

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    An ambulance leaves the San Pablito fireworks market after an explosion, outside the Mexican capital on Tuesday, in Tultepec, Mexico, December 20, 2016.

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    Firefighters and rescue personnel stand near a destroyed house after an explosion at the San Pablito fireworks market outside the Mexican capital on Tuesday, in Tultepec, Mexico, December 20, 2016.

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    Soldiers cordon off the area after an explosion at the San Pablito fireworks market outside the Mexican capital on Tuesday, in Tultepec, Mexico, December 20, 2016.

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    People look at a burnt car after an explosion at the San Pablito fireworks market outside the Mexican capital on Tuesday, in Tultepec, Mexico, December 20, 2016.

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    People hug after an explosion at the San Pablito fireworks market outside the Mexican capital on Tuesday, in Tultepec, Mexico, December 20, 2016.

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    A victim of a blast in a fireworks market, flattened by a huge blast that killed at least 26 and injured dozens, lies on the ground in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016.

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    Relatives grieve by the corpse of victim of a blast in a fireworks market, flattened by a huge blast that killed at least 26 and injured dozens, who lies on the ground in Mexico City, on December 20, 2016

Christmas and New Year parties in many Latin American countries often wrap up with a fireworks free-for-all.

Funeral services were held Thursday for two women and a 12-year-old girl. Mariachi bands played ranchera music as people in the congregation wept openly.

"It is a tragedy that will mark us forever as a town. Who knows if some day God will allow us to recover," said Yolanda Ruiz, a 48-year-old nurse holding a white balloon and white flowers.

"This is a village that lives off fireworks. That was our sin, making a living off something that is dangerous," said Alicia Suarez, an elderly woman in sandals and a worn black cloak.

The investigation into the cause of the explosions continues.

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