Mexico evacuates 5,000 for gasoline pipeline leak

October 30, 2013 • Business

An army soldier patrols a neighborhood after authorities ordered thousands to evacuate their homes when a gasoline pipeline burst spewing a large geyser of fuel into the air in Tlajomulco, Mexico, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. According to Mexico’s state-owned oil company Pemex, the leak was caused by a clandestine tap. (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A geyser of gasoline spewed into the sky from a state-owned pipeline in western Mexico, forcing officials to evacuate about 5,000 people Wednesday. Authorities blamed the accident on fuel thieves tapping into the pipe.

Gasoline plumed above a field close to a housing development in Tlajomulco, a town near Guadalajara, which is Mexico’s second-largest city and the capital of Jalisco state.

The fuel did not catch fire, and crews were able to Login to read more

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