At least 27 killed in Mexico pipeline explosion
SAN MARTIN TEXMELUCAN, Mexico — A pipeline exploded in central Mexico early Sunday as thieves were trying to steal oil, killing at least 27 people and sending rivers of flaming crude through city streets.
Authorities said 12 of the dead were children and estimated that the explosion and resulting spill affected a three-mile radius, injuring at least 52 people and scorching more than 115 homes. The principal explosion, followed by four additional minor blasts, forced hundreds to flee the city of San Martin Texmelucan, east of Mexico City.
“We saw rivers of fire in the streets,” Valentin Meneses, interior secretary for the state of Puebla, where San Martin is located, told Milenio Television.
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Mike H. says
It's likely that oil thieves at work butchered this pipeline. And, some US refiners don't bother to ask *where* their sources of crude comes from! So, if it's stolen from Mexico, it's "Don't ask, Don't tell" for some of them.