EXPLOSION and fire rock Mexican oil refinery in Veracruz state (VIDEO)

EXPLOSION and fire rock Mexican oil refinery in Veracruz state (VIDEO)

Fire has broken out at a Pemex oil refinery in Minatitlán, a town in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Video from the scene shows a plume of black smoke as the facility is engulfed in flames. No casualties have been reported so far.

The incident occurred at the Petróleos Mexicano (Pemex) refinery named after former Mexican President Lazaro Cardenas. Black smoke, flames and repeated explosions can be seen and heard in videos that have made rounds on social media on Wednesday.

CPM Veracruz 🇲🇽 on Twitter: "¡Última hora! 🆘 🆘 Explosión en la Torre 5 en la refinería de @Pemex en #Minatitlán #Veracruz #CPM_Veracruz pic.twitter.com/BfTtRjxEna / Twitter"

¡Última hora! 🆘 🆘 Explosión en la Torre 5 en la refinería de @Pemex en #Minatitlán #Veracruz #CPM_Veracruz pic.twitter.com/BfTtRjxEna

Mexico’s safety, energy and environment regulator ASEA reported that the blaze started in a gasoline transfer pump. The watchdog said that it would inspect the facility in wake of the fire to “verify security conditions.”

Proceso on Twitter: "#Videos Según empleados de la refinería "Lázaro Cárdenas", en Minatitlán, Veracruz, fueron cinco explosiones consecutivas en un área de almacenamiento de tanques de combustóleo.▶️ https://t.co/Y5cKH8lXvt pic.twitter.com/WqFFGbMeOj / Twitter"

Videos Según empleados de la refinería "Lázaro Cárdenas", en Minatitlán, Veracruz, fueron cinco explosiones consecutivas en un área de almacenamiento de tanques de combustóleo.▶️ https://t.co/Y5cKH8lXvt pic.twitter.com/WqFFGbMeOj

One photograph in particular is going viral, showing a Pemex worker scrambling to shut off a valve as a fireball explodes behind him.

Félix Márquez on Twitter: "Amazing photograph of a @Pemex oil worker closing valves during the fire and explosion inside the Lázaro Cárdenas refinery in #Minatitlán, Veracruz. 📸 unknown author. pic.twitter.com/jGWoS7SIee / Twitter"

Amazing photograph of a @Pemex oil worker closing valves during the fire and explosion inside the Lázaro Cárdenas refinery in #Minatitlán, Veracruz. 📸 unknown author. pic.twitter.com/jGWoS7SIee

Around 7:30 pm local time, Pemex said the fire appeared to be under control, adding, “fortunately, it is confirmed that there are no fatalities or serious injuries.”

This article originally appeared in RT

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