Mexico’s Pemex puts blast death toll at 24, blames leak

04/21/2016 Reuters

GULF of MEXICO - Gas from the damaged Deepwater Horizon wellhead is burned by the drillship Discoverer Enterprise May 16, 2010, in a process known as flaring.  Gas and oil from the wellhead are being brought to the surface via a tube that was placed inside the damaged pipe.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley.
Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley.

Twenty-four people died after a leak caused a deadly petrochemical plant blast, and the death toll could still rise, Mexican oil giant Pemex said on Thursday, the latest in a series of fatal accidents to batter the company.

Pemex CEO Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya, who traveled to the site of Wednesday’s blast near the port of Coatzacoalcos, one of Pemex’s top oil export hubs, told local television it was unclear what caused the accident.

The massive explosion at the facility’s chlorinate 3 plant in the Gulf state of Veracruz also injured 136 people, 13 of them seriously. Another 18 people were unaccounted for, and one badly damaged part of the plant had yet to be scoured.

“We know there was a leak, what we don’t know is why, but everything points to an accident,” Gonzalez Anaya said.

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Mexico sweet factory hit by deadly explosion

BBC News, 10/24/2013

fire by Flikr user Loving EarthAt least one person has died and dozens more are injured in an explosion and fire that tore through a sweet factory in northern Mexico. A boiler is believed to have exploded in the Dulces Blueberry factory at an industrial park in Ciudad Juarez, causing the ceiling to collapse. About 300 people were said to be in the factory at the time and several are still unaccounted for. Fire crews and about 30 ambulances were at the scene.

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Deadly explosion at gas storage tank in central Mexico

natural gas drillBBC News, 10/16/2013

At least four people have been killed and three injured in a gas explosion in the central Mexican state of Puebla, officials say. It is not yet clear what caused the blast at the natural gas storage plant at the Chachapa industrial park.

The explosion set off a fire which engulfed much of the area. The main highway linking Mexico City and Veracruz was closed for more than four hours as firefighters brought the blaze under control.

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Mexico mine blast kills seven from same Coahuila family

BBC News, 7/25/2012

Seven people have been killed in a gas explosion in a coal mine in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila.

Rescue workers said they had been able to retrieve the bodies of the miners, all of whom came from the same family and worked in the mine in Muzquiz.

Explosions caused by methane gas are one of the main dangers in small-scale mining.

In 2006, 65 miners died in an explosion at a mine in Pasta de Conchos, also in Coahuila.

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