All Eyes gallery: Shocking images of Mexico fireworks market explosion (w/video)
An explosion ripped through Mexico's best-known fireworks market on the northern outskirts of the capital Tuesday, killing more than two dozen people, injuring scores more and sending a huge plume of charcoal-gray smoke billowing into the sky.
Alejandro Gomez, the chief prosecutor of Mexico state, said 26 people were killed in the explosion.
Sirens wailed and a heavy scent of gunpowder lingered in the air after the afternoon blast at the market, where most of the fireworks stalls were completely leveled. The smoking, burned out shells of vehicles ringed the perimeter, and first responders and local residents wearing blue masks over their mouths combed through the rubble and ash. Firefighters hosed down still-smoldering hotspots.