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Hundreds evacuated following gas explosion outside Mexican capital

Published time: December 16, 2013 16:40
Edited time: December 16, 2013 18:18
Firefighters look as flames erupt from a gas pipeline after an explosion in Acolman on the outskirts of Mexico City December 16, 2013. (Reuters/Alejandro Dias)

Firefighters look as flames erupt from a gas pipeline after an explosion in Acolman on the outskirts of Mexico City December 16, 2013. (Reuters/Alejandro Dias)

Seven people were injured and hundreds of residents evacuated following a gas explosion on the outskirts of Mexico City. The blast was caused by thieves trying to tap into a natural gas pipeline, local media reported.

Between 700 and 800 people within a one-kilometer radius of the blast were evacuated as officials cordoned off the area.

Local media reported that seven people were injured, though a spokesman for the civil protection authorities was unable to confirm this figure.

The flames from the fire reached about 40 meters high and scorched over 200 meters of grassland, Prensa Latina news agency said. A nearby railway was closed to traffic.

Authorities later reported that the leak no longer posed a risk to local residents. The pipeline's operator, Pemex, also said on Twitter that the blaze had been brought under control, adding that it was caused by thieves stealing the gas.

The company added that the valves to the gas pipeline were closed and that most of those evacuated were being allowed to return home.

Pemex is the state-owned oil company of the Central American nation and has assets worth US$415 billion.

Comments (4)

 

Ali D Cat 16.12.2013 21:57

GODBLESSAMERIC A 16.12.2013 17:33

I'm mexican american and I'm happy that there finally is a little bit of progress in this country .

  


I bet you dont live in Mexico then, cuz if you did you would realice that Mexico isnt getting better. We are almost one houndred million mexicans and 60% of those are living in poverty, and that number is raising. So before saying that, I invite you to come here and then speak about thing you certainly dont know.

 

GODBLESSAMERICA 16.12.2013 17:33

I'm mexican american and I'm happy that there finally is a little bit of progress in this country . I hope someone will send troops especially usa to fight even russia idc someone needs to help us

 

GODBLESSAMERICA 16.12.2013 17:31

This new agency maybe a little bias but they report important stories not covered in western media . Cnn hasn't even heard about this . Good job rt on sources

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