GREAT VIDEO | Natural Gas Thieves Blamed For Explosion

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

ACOLMAN, Mexico (CBS) -- Seven people were injured and hundreds of residents evacuated following a gas explosion on the outskirts of Mexico City. According to media reports the blast was caused by thieves trying to tap into a natural gas pipeline. Between 700 and 800 people around the blast site were evacuated as officials cordoned off the area. Seven people were injured and taken to a hospital in Texcoco. Tgheir conditions are not known.

The flames from the fire reached nearly 100 feet high. A nearby railway was closed to traffic.

Authorities later reported that the leak no longer posed a risk to local residents. The pipeline's operator, Pemex, also said on Twitter that the blaze had been brought under control, adding that it was caused by thieves stealing the gas. The company confirmed that the valves to the gas pipeline were closed and that most of those evacuated were being allowed to return home.

Pemex is the state-owned oil company of the Central American nation and has assets worth US$415 billion.

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