More than two dozen people were killed and 50 others injured in an explosion and fire at an illegal fireworks stall in the eastern Gulf port of Veracruz.
Firefighters worked for hours to contain the blaze while fireworks exploded throughout the battle.
The blaze started about 6 p.m. Tuesday when the market area was crowded with shoppers preparing for New Years? celebrations.
The British Broadcast Corp cited local reports that a passerby tossed a lit cigarette into the stand setting the fire, but city officials have not confirmed a cause.
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