Fuel thieves drilled into a Mexico pipeline on Saturday, releasing a geyser of fuel. People came with buckets to grab it as it spewed from the pipe. Suddenly, the pipeline exploded, sending flames into the sky, killing (so far) at least 73 people and injuring over 70 more. The pipeline belongs to Pemex. The death toll has risen steadily from the initial reports of this disaster.
Videos circulating on Twitter showed that before the explosion, hundreds had gathered to fill plastic tanks from a geyser of fuel spouting from the pipeline, while soldiers watchedhttps://t.co/WrANLvXUJI
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) January 19, 2019
#Breaking Raw Video of the Mexico gas pipeline leakage prior to the explosion, killing at least 20 people and badly burning 60 others! #PEMEX #HouNews #Mexico #PrivateInvestigator #Explosion #WashingtonDC #NewYork #California #Texas #USConsulates pic.twitter.com/A5o7U3MTy9
— The Claims Investigator (@SIUIntelligence) January 19, 2019
The following video is graphic- shows people fleeing from the burning pipeline, many of them still on fire as they ran.
66 deaths registered from pipeline explosion in Mexico pic.twitter.com/Fj3OIQYn8a
— I CatCh My MoOd (@MuHaMmEdAlTeNa1) January 19, 2019
Graphic video footage showed flames shooting high into the air against a night sky and the pipeline ablaze. Screaming people ran from the flames, some of them on fire and waving their arms.
The ruptured line burst into flame around 7 p.m., according to authorities, the Times reported. Residents gathered to collect gasoline from the leaking pipeline, the paper reported, citing cell phone images on Mexican media.
The explosion came just three weeks after new Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador launched an offensive against fuel theft gangs that drilled dangerous, illegal taps into pipelines an astounding 12,581 times in the first 10 months of 2018, an average of about 42 per day.
Some of the bodies were reduced to “ash and bones” according to witnesses. Many of the victims were burned over 40 to 90 percent of their bodies. Mexico’s President has vowed to crack down even further on the theft gangs.
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