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Pemex pipeline explosion kills one, injures 15 in Mexico

01 November 2021

An explosion on a Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) operated pipeline killed one person and injured 15 others on October 31. The incident occurred in the state of Puebla in Mexico and is reported to have happened after suspected fuel thieves breached the pipe.

Following the explosion, the Puebla state government said that the death toll could have been much greater if it had not evacuated the local area following reports of a gas leak from the pipeline. It added that around 2,000 locals from the San Pablo Xochimehuacan municipality managed to escape the area before three different explosions occurred on the pipeline, destroying between 30 and 50 houses.

Of the 15 people injured, five are in a serious condition. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador tweeted: “It is regrettable that one person has lost his life so far, and fifteen more have been injured, due to the explosion of a Pemex pipeline in Puebla. As of 2:30 today, 1,396 elements of all the civil protection corporations have been mobilized. Pemex already has control of the fire and it will ensure that the families evicted from their homes remain safe. We are working together with the state government.”

The initial gas leak from the pipeline reportedly occurred after thieves attempted to illegally siphon natural gas from the pipeline. At a press conference, the Pueblo state government said that at the site of the explosions, a fuel truck was found that appeared to have been used in the illegal siphoning of around 10,000 litres of gas.

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