Mexico: Three Dead, Over 100 Injured In Explosion At Petrochemical Plant
A huge explosion at a petrochemical plant near the Mexican port of Coatzacoalcos Wednesday killed three people, injured over 100, and prompted evacuations in the area, authorities say.
The massive explosion rocked a major petrochemical facility of Mexican national oil company Pemex, in the Gulf state of Veracruz on Wednesday, killing at least three people and pumping clouds of noxious chemicals into the sky.
The blast, which sent a huge, dark plume of smoke billowing upwards, occurred at the facility’s ‘Chlorinate 3’ plant near the port of Coatzacoalcos, one of the company’s top oil export hubs.
Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte told CNN affiliate Televisa that the blast was felt about 10 kilometers (six miles) away. Emergency protocols were put in place, with a number of surrounding municipalities evacuated and schools closed in others, officials said.
Luis Felipe Puente, head of federal emergency services, told Reuters that three people had died in the blast. The governor of Veracruz state, Javier Duarte, later said 105 were hospitalized, including 58 Pemex workers, according to his official Twitter account.
Pemex said the explosion, which sent a huge, dark plume of smoke billowing upwards, occurred just after 3 p.m. (2000 GMT) at the facility’s chlorinate 3 plant near the port of Coatzacoalcos, one of the company’s top oil export hubs.
VIDEO: Three Dead, Dozens Injured In Mexican Chemical Plant Explosion
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sources: CNN, Reuters, Youtube