Deadly Blasts Rock Fireworks Market

Powerful blasts through a sprawling fireworks market outside Mexico City killed at least 29 people and injured scores more, according to state and local officials, the third time in 11 years the market was destroyed by blasts.

Mexico State Gov. Eruviel Ávila said 26 people died at the scene, three others in hospitals and more than 70 more were injured in the midafternoon explosion, which tore through hundreds of small stalls selling artisanal fireworks in the San Pablito market in the city of Tultepec, just north of the Mexican capital. he figures were preliminary. Other officials reported slightly different tolls.

The San Pablito market is one of Mexico's largest for fireworks.

--Dudley Althaus and Jose de Córdoba


Government Blames Airline for Fatal Crash in Colombia

Bolivia's government blamed the fatal crash of a charter plane in Colombia, which killed 71 people on board, on the company that owns the aircraft and the pilot who died in the accident. Six people survived.

Public Works Minister Milton Claros on Tuesday said in a news conference that a government investigation found that the crash of the plane owned by Bolivia's LaMia was an "isolated" incident caused by a "chain of errors" as a result of decisions by the company and pilot. Efforts to contact a LaMia representative Tuesday weren't successful.

The investigation of the accident, which killed most members of Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, found that the plane ran out of fuel and crashed near Medellin on Nov. 28 after taking off from the Viru Viru International Airport in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz.

Mr. Claros said the government was increasing oversight of its aviation sector and implementing a new safety system.

--Ryan Dube


Premier Sees Brexit Transition Period

Prime Minister Theresa May acknowledged for the first time that the U.K. would need a period of adjustment after it leaves the European Union to reduce uncertainty for businesses.

Mrs. May said Tuesday that a possible transitional arrangement could be used to avoid a "cliff edge" of trading and regulatory uncertainty immediately after Britain leaves the bloc.

"Once we've got the new arrangements, there will of course be a necessity for an adjustment to those new arrangements for implementations of some practical changes that may need to take place," she told lawmakers.

Mrs. May has said she would launch a two-year negotiation over terms of the U.K.'s departure from the bloc by the end of March.--Jenny Gross

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

December 21, 2016 02:47 ET (07:47 GMT)

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