On Tuesday, January 18th, there was a fire and explosion in a pipeline of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) in the municipality of Nopala, state of Hidalgo.
The incident occurred in a place known as Loma de Progreso, a place far from residential areas, where alleged Huachicoleros —people who steal and illegally sell fuel— extracted gasoline. The flames reached more than 50 meters high, reported El Sol de Hidalgo.
Explosión e incendio un ducto de gasolina de @pemex en #Nopala #Hidalgo a causa de una toma clandestina,al menos dos camionetas con contenedores calcinadas agentes de @SSP_Hidalgo de #Nopala trabajan en la zona con @GN_MEXICO_ para controlarlo @AztecaNoticias @Azteca_Hidalgo pic.twitter.com/I8KqkgjJnj— Leonardo Herrera (@herreleo) January 18, 2022
Fortunately, the closest populated area, known as Maravillas, is more than 10 kilometers away from the place where the explosion occurred.
In addition to the explosion in the pipeline, two vans with containers on board were found at the scene, which caught fire and burned completely.
So far it is unknown if there are people injured or dead as a result of this event.
#AMxInforma || La madrugada de este martes se registró una #Explosión en un ducto de Pemex en el municipio de #Nopala, estado de #Hidalgo; es un sitio alejado de zonas habitacionales.— Agencia Mexiquense de Noticias (@AMXNoticias) January 18, 2022
📹: Redes#AgenciaMxNoticias pic.twitter.com/iQwL4KSkCG
Precisely, January 18th marks the third anniversary of another explosion in this region that left 137 people dead.
We’re talking about the tragic explosion of a Pemex pipeline in the municipality of Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo, which the authorities attributed to fuel thieves ( Huachicoleros ).
The following is the video that went viral three years ago in January 2019
Source: El Sol de Hidalgo