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Pipeline explosion injures seven in Mexico

22 July 2013

Seven emergency response personnel were injured, with three in a serious condition, after an explosion and fire on July 21 in a Pemex pipeline near the municipality of Tonanitla, about 40 kilometres from Mexico City, according to a report from the state oil company.

The company said the blast was caused by an attempted theft of crude oil from the Teapa-Venta de Carpio-Tula pipeline.

The injured were five police officers and two fire fighters, members of a unit sent to extinguish the fire, which lasted more than four hours. Pemex said they got too close to the blaze and were injured in a secondary explosion. Two patrol cars were destroyed by the fire.

In January, 37 people were killed at Pemex's Mexico City headquarters when an accumulation of gas in its basement ignited, and a company gas distribution plant in the northern city of Reynosa exploded in September 2012, killing another 30 people.


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