By ABC News Writing
Written in NATIONAL the 9/20/2022 6:18 p.m.
Tabasco.- During the afternoon of this Tuesday, September 20, a strong explosion was recorded at the Paredón Hydrocarbon Separation Station of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), in the municipality of Huimanguillo, in Tabasco, with no reports of injured or deceased persons.
The explosion of an ethane gas pipe generated fire and dense columns of smoke several meters high, which generated fear among the workers who were in the plant and sought to leave quickly.
The State Civil Protection Institute indicated that Pemex evicted all the workers and no injuries or damage to the houses closest to the plant, located approximately 2 kilometers from the site of the event, have been reported.
Preliminarily it was said that the incident was caused by a backhoe that accidentally hit an ethane gas pipe and caused a leak.
Meanwhile, Civil Protection is still analyzing the accident to clearly determine what happened and issue the corresponding opinion.
“It is worth mentioning that the valves have already been closed; So far, the cause of the explosion is unknown,” the state Civil Protection Institute announced in a brief statement. At the time of the accident, the workers were evicted.
Firefighters from the Cerepaec Sabana supported in the attention of the explosion, to suffocate the flames and rescue the workers.
In videos that circulate through social networks, you can see the intensity of the flames resulting from the explosion and how the employees of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) were brought to safety.
Pemex confirmed that the closure of the valves has already been carried out and the burning of the gas that was released after the pipeline ruptured in a ranch in the municipality of Huimanguillo, which is located approximately 80 kilometers from Villahermosa, capital of the state of Tabasco, is expected.