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An oil pipeline in Mexico has been damaged by a 'device' blast

08 December 2011

Mexico state oil company Pemex said on Wednesday it had repaired an oil pipeline that was damaged by the explosion of a 'device' that caused no leaks but a passer-by was injuried.

Oil pipeline explosion - Mexico
Oil pipeline explosion - Mexico

According to Reuters, Pemex said in a statement that authorities were investigating the blast along the 30-inch (76 cm) Nuevo Teapa-Minatitlan-Salina Cruz pipeline that occurred in a rural part of Veracruz state on the Gulf of Mexico.

A series of oil and gas pipeline bombings in 2007 choked off natural gas supplies to major industrial centers. A leftist rebel group claimed responsibility.

Camacho Rincón said that the injured man was driving his vehicle when the pipeline exploded. The pipeline distributes natural gas from the “Ingeniero Héctor R. Lara Sosa” refinery, located in the municipality of Cadereyta, 30 kilometers from where the explosion occured.

“There was a person injured by the explosion. It smashed the windshield of his vehicle. The driver was immediately taken to the nearest hospital. We still don’t know how severe his injuries are,” Nuevo León’s Civil Protection Secretariat stated in a report.

The explosion happened at Kilometer 143 of the Monterrey-Reynosa freeway. The area is now secured by the state’s Civil Protection Secretariat, the state’s Public Security Secretariat, soldiers and federal officers.

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