The Most Recent Pipeline Fire in Mexico (All Local Times):
A resident of the Mexican Hidalgo state says civilians have ignored soldiers' warnings in an explosion of geysers Gasoline, killing at least 66 people.
Gerardo Perez Gutierrez said: "We are stubborn."
Perez said he returned to the burnt field on Saturday, when the massive fireball broke out on the illegal pipeline.
He tried to see if he could see any bodies, but only a handful of the remains had skin. Dozens of bodies were burned to the bone.
Perez says he and his son bypassed the soldiers on Friday. As he approached the spurting fuel, he was seized with a sense of foreboding.
"Let's go," he remembers his son. "This thing is going to explode."
The couple is advised without looking back, he says.
Mexican Defense Minister Luis Cresencio says 25 soldiers arrived on Friday before a massive fireball broke out on an illegal pipeline.
He said on Saturday that the staff showed at least 600 civilians gathered for a burst of fuel that shot 6 meters (20 feet) into the air.
Natives were encouraged to stay away, but soldiers did not intervene because they were outnumbered.
Cresencio says that every 20 kilometers 50 soldiers are stationed along the canal. They patrol 24 hours a day.
But the soldiers were ordered not to engage in fuel thieves for fear that an escalation could lead to unarmed civilians or soldiers being beaten by a mob.
Cresencio said, "We do not want that kind of confrontation."
Octavio Romero, chief executive of Pemex, says that in the last 90 days near the subway at least 10 perforations have taken place in central Mexico, where on Friday an explosion took place.
He said on Saturday that one of these perforations led to a fire that ended 12 hours on December 18th.
Romero also said that the pipeline had exploded in the city of Mexico Tlahuelilpan was pierced 13 kilometers from the company's Tula refinery.
He said that an estimated 10,000 barrels of premium gasoline at a pressure of 20 kilograms had run aground.
Romero added that the pipeline is "a very important fuel distribution channel in the country" and offline since December 23.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says the Attorney General's Office will investigate an illegal pipeline connection in central Mexico He killed 66 and wounded dozens of others.
At an early morning press conference, he stated that the office would initiate an investigation to determine whether the explosion was intentional by an individual or a group or whether the fireball appeared due to its inherent nature of risk of extracting fuel from secret channels out of channels.
Lopez Obrador called on citizens to testify not only about Friday's events in Hidalgo, but also about the entire black market chain, including those that pierced the pipelines, informing residents about collecting fuel in containers. and how fuel is then used or sold for personal use.
He said, "I believe in the people, I trust in the people, and I know that with this painful, unfortunate lesson that people will also distance themselves from these practices."
Hidalgo State Gov. Omar Fayad says the number of casualties from a pipeline explosion in central Mexico has risen to 66
More than 85 others were reported missing on Saturday after a massive fireball at an illegal pipeline in the small town of Tlahuelilpan, about 100 Kilometers north of Mexico City, had broken out.
Urban Health Director Jorge Aguilar Lopez said, "What happened here should serve as an example that the entire nation is joining forces behind the president's fight against these evils."
The tragedy came just three weeks after new president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador launched an offensive against fuel theft that plunged 12,581 dangerous, illegal taps into pipelines in the first ten months of 2018, averaging about 42 per day.
Likely efforts to curb the illegal cocks and attention to Lopez Obrador's fight against the $ 3 billion fuel-theft industry each year are now likely to intensify.