Manuel Lopez San Martin
Eye of Fire

Underwater Pipeline Leaks, Gulf of Mexico Ocean Catches on Fire

byJon Christian
Jul 2
Manuel Lopez San Martin


Ocean Fire

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.

Another clip, taken from a helicopter, shows numerous ships working to put out the raging fire on the surface.


Horror Show

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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