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Pemex gas leak from illegal tapping causes 50,000 to be evacuated

Puebla, Mexico — Thousands of people had to be evacuated due to a leak of LP gas in a pipeline of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), apparently caused by clandestine tapping.

A natural gas leak was reported in Pubela around 4:00 a.m. Wednesday that is reportedly from a Pemex pipeline. According to preliminary reports, the leak was caused after thieves allegedly tried to tap the line.

The spray of gas into the air was immediately evident, causing the evacuation of 17 schools and several residential areas.

Authorities evacuated residents from Vicente Guerrero, Villa Frontera, San Pedro, Central de Abastos, Villas del Marquez, Villas San Gregorio, and Venustiano Carranza while Civil Protection of Puebla and elements of Public Safety worked on containing the line.

In a social media report, Pemex said that they were working with authorities to control the leak.

The gas leak also caused the evacuation of a hospital one kilometer away. So far, authorities say around 50,000 people have been affected by the leak.

Puebla Governor Antonio Gali reported that State Civil Protection are continuing to work to contain the leak.

The Secretariat of Public Education of Puebla reported that due to the emergency, classes in 17 schools located in the areas of Villa Frontera, Central de Abasto and Camino a Tlaltepango have been suspended.