Prosecutor ups death toll to 29 in Mexico blast

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TULTEPEC, Mexico (AP) -- The chief prosecutor of Mexico State says 26 people have been killed in an explosion that tore through a fireworks market near Mexico City.

Alejandro Gomez is raising the toll from Tuesday's blast from the previous nine dead, in comments broadcast on local television.

Seventy more have been injured in what the Federal Police called a "preliminary" toll from Thursday's blast.

The explosion and fire raged through the open-air San Pablito Market in Tultepec, in the State of Mexico, in the afternoon as it was crowded with shoppers buying fireworks for the holidays.

The blast leveled stalls and left rescue workers to comb through ash and charred metal.

President Enrique Pena Nieto has sent his condolences to families of the dead via Twitter.

Similar fires and explosions destroyed hundreds of stands in two other incidents at the same market in 2005 and 2006.