A horrific scene is unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, where Reuters confirmed that an undersea pipeline ruptured today — and then somehow ignited, causing the surface of the ocean to catch fire in an apocalyptic display.
Video of the horrifying scene tore across social media as the story broke, showing bright orange flames bubbling out of the dark ocean.
The ocean is on fire in the Gulf of Mexico after a pipeline ruptured. Good system.
— Eoin Higgins (@EoinHiggins_) July 2, 2021
Another clip, taken from a helicopter, shows numerous ships working to put out the raging fire on the surface.
🚨 Sobre el incendio registrado en aguas del Golfo de México, en la Sonda de Campeche, a unos metros de la plataforma Ku-Charly (dentro del Activo Integral de Producción Ku Maloob Zaap)
Tres barcos han apoyado para sofocar las llamas pic.twitter.com/thIOl8PLQo
— Manuel Lopez San Martin (@MLopezSanMartin) July 2, 2021
The pipeline was operated by the Mexican state oil company Pemex. After fighting it for five hours, according to Reuters' reporting, the fire was finally extinguished.
The pipeline was connected to an absolutely enormous offshore oil facility called Ku-Maloob-Zaap, according to Bloomberg, which produces a staggering 40 percent of the country's total oil output.
A spokesperson at Pemex, which has been involved in many industrial accidents, told Reuters that the company had shut off the pipeline to prevent further spillage.
READ MORE: 'Eye of fire' in Mexican waters snuffed out, says national oil company [Reuters]
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