Massive gas pipeline explosion in Mexico kills 66; reported cause is surreal

Massive gas pipeline explosion in Mexico kills 66; reported cause is surreal
Fire rages after gas pipeline explosion in Mexico, Jan 2019. YouTube, AP video via VOA

[Ed. – “Illegal fuel taps.” What we need in the U.S. is more people who think it’s a good idea to do this.]

Hidalgo state Gov. Omar Fayad says the death toll from a pipeline explosion in central Mexico has risen to 66.

Over 85 other people on Saturday were listed as missing a day after a massive fireball erupted at an illegal pipeline tap in the small town of Tlahuelilpan, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) north of Mexico City.

Municipal health director Jorge Aguilar Lopez said: “What happened here should serve as an example for the whole nation to unite behind the fight that the president is carrying out against this ill.”

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The tragedy came just three weeks after new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador launched an offensive against fuel theft gangs drilling dangerous, illegal taps into pipelines an astounding 12,581 times in the first 10 months of 2018, an average of about 42 per day.

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