Mexico City: The gasoline pipeline explosion in Tlahuelilpan has taken the lives of at least 79 people as of Sunday. 66 people have been injured in the tragic incident.
The governor of the State of Hidalgo, Omar Fayad confirmed with CNN that a few of the victims are minors.
The general prosecutor of Mexico, Alejandro Gertz Manero stated that investigation into the incident has started. However, he added that a “preliminary belief” holds that static electricity from the clothing of people around the pipeline caused the explosion.
No arrests have been made as of yet. The fire from the explosion has been completely doused.
Meanwhile, residents living close to the pipeline have been evacuated, according to State oil company Pemex.
The explosion comes at a time when there is a dearth of gas in several Mexican states, including the capital.