BREAKING: EXPLOSION ROCKS MEXICO

BREAKING: EXPLOSION ROCKS MEXICO

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BREAKING: EXPLOSION ROCKS MEXICO

-At least 30 people injured

A large explosion has reportedly injured at least 30 people at an oil facility in the south-east Mexican state of Veracruz. The blast hit a facility owned by Mexico’s state oil company, Pemex, in the port city of Coatzacoalcos.
Hundreds of people have been evacuated and schools closed. Images posted to social media showed a large fire and vast plumes of smoke. A series of explosions have been reported at other Pemex facilities in recent years.

BREAKING: EXPLOSION ROCKS MEXICO
The latest incident occurred at around 15:30 local time (20:30 GMT), a statement by Veracruz’s government said (in Spanish). Pemex said the part of the factory hit by the explosion was managed by a sister company, Mexichem. Export of oil from the plant would not be affected, the company added.

According to BBC, a number of other blasts have hit Pemex facilities in recent years. Map of Veracruz state in Mexico showing town where blast in oil plant occurred – April 2016 In September 2012, an explosion then a fire at a gas plant in the northern state of Tamaulipas killed 33 people.

Pemex’s own headquarters in Mexico City was hit by a large gas blast in January 2013, killing 37 people.
A number of fires also struck the company’s rigs in the Gulf of Mexico last year.

BREAKING: EXPLOSION ROCKS MEXICO

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