Mexico: Fire at Illegal Pipeline Tap Near Where 10 Killed

5/7/2017 New York Times

fire by Flikr user Loving EarthMEXICO CITY — A clandestine pipeline tap went up in flames Sunday in the central Mexico state of Puebla, where clashes over illegal fuel thefts killed 10 people just days ago.

The state Public Security Department reported via Twitter that firefighters were working to put out the blaze in the town of Nenetzintla.

The department posted photos showing two charred pickups as well as intense flames and smoke billowing next to “Do not excavate” signs that signal the presence of an underground pipeline. It did not say whether there were any injuries.

Mexican authorities have been trying to crack down on the thousands of illegal pipeline taps that cost state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos about $1.5 billion a year, according to some recent estimates.

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