EXPLOSION, fire rock Mexican oil refinery in Veracruz state (Video)

EXPLOSION, fire rock Mexican oil refinery in Veracruz state (Video)



A fire has broken out at a Pemex oil refinery in Minatitlan, a town in the Mexican state of Veracruz.
Video from the scene shows a plume of black smoke as the facility is engulfed in flames.
No casualties have yet been reported.

The incident occurred at the Petroleos Mexicano (Pemex) refinery; named after former Mexican president Lazaro Cardenas.


Black smoke, flames as well as repeated explosions can be seen; and also heard in videos that made rounds on social media on Wednesday.





Mexico’s safety, energy as well as environment regulator ASEA reported that the blaze started in a gasoline transfer pump.


The watchdog said that it would inspect the facility in wake of the fire to “verify security conditions.”


One photograph in particular is going viral; showing a Pemex worker scrambling to shut off a valve as a fireball explodes behind him.


Around 7:30pm local time, Pemex said the fire appeared to be under control, also adding; “Fortunately, it is confirmed that there are no fatalities or serious injuries.”


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The refinery boasts a capacity of up to 285,000 barrels per day.


The mishap at the Mexican refinery comes after a spate of fires rocked a number of oil facilities around the world in recent weeks.


A major blaze at an oil refinery in Indonesia’s West Java province late last month sparked a mass evacuation; leaving several people injured.


An attack on a Saudi oil terminal north of the Saudi-Yemen border around the same time ravaged a fuel tank at the facility.



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