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At least two killed in Mexico pipeline explosion

26 October 2018

At least two people died, five were injured and 10 reported missing in Veracruz, central Mexico, when an illegal pipeline tap caused a fuel spill that caught fire on October 24. According to Mexico News Daily, the incident occurred in El Otate, Amatlán, where so-called “huachicoleros”, or fuel thieves, tapped a Pemex pipeline that runs between the Minatitlán refinery, Veracruz

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Fuel began to spill from the tap, attracting about 20 residents with buckets and other containers who arrived to help themselves to free fuel. A fire then started, causing a minor explosion.

Diario El Mundo said several of the injured are in critical condition with second and third degree burns. The fire started when spark from a motorcycle exhaust ignited vapours near the site of the pipeline leak, it said.

The spill reached a nearby creek, leaving a plume of pollution about 1.5 kilometres long.

The State Attorney General's Office has initiated an investigation into the incident.

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