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Pipeline Erupts in Fiery Explosion in Mexico, Killing at least 66

Published: January 19, 2019
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Source: nytimes.com

A gas pipeline in the Mexican state of Hidalgo exploded on Friday night, killing at least 21 people in a blast the authorities said was caused by an illegal tap used to steal fuel.

Omar Fayad, the governor of Hidalgo, said on Twitter that more than 70 others were injured in the explosion in Tlahuelilpan, a town about 80 miles north of Mexico City.

The state-run energy company, Pemex, said that the explosion was caused by an illegal fuel tap at the Tuxpan-Tula pipeline.

The country has been plagued by fuel thefts, and Mr. Fayad called on Mexicans “not to be accomplices.” He said the practice was not only illegal, but it also “puts your life and families at risk.”

“What happened today in Tlahuelilpan should not happen again,” he wrote.

Video circulating on social media showed a huge fire spread across a field, with people silhouetted against the flames and dark smoke behind them. A pillar of fire rose into the night, the lights of emergency vehicles reflected in smoke.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Twitter that he had “called on the whole government to provide assistance to the people at the site.” The authorities said that they had sent ambulances, medical specialists and other personnel, and that burn victims were being transferred to hospitals in Mexico City.

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Pipeline explosion kills 66, burns dozens in central Mexico (VIDEO) [rt.com]

Mexico pipeline blast killed 66 people: state governor [reuters.com]

Mexico fuel crisis: Gov't orders army, police to guard pipelines [aljazeera.com]

 

 

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