| 27 May 2024, Monday |

One killed, 15 injured in Pemex pipeline blast in central Mexico

Authorities announced on Sunday that a pipeline belonging to state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) exploded in the central Mexican state of Puebla after it was breached by suspected gasoline thieves, killing at least one person and injuring more than a dozen others.

On Twitter, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reported that one person had killed and 15 others had been injured in the overnight blast in the town of San Pablo Xochimehuacan, and that 1,400 rescue workers had been dispatched.

Around 2,000 people were evacuated within a one-kilometer radius of the explosion, officials said at a news conference given by the state administration of Puebla.

Puebla’s governor, Miguel Barbosa, said the blast was sparked by a gas leak caused by an illegal fuel tap.

Lopez Obrador said the fire was under control.

  • Reuters