A large explosion at an oil facility in the south-east Mexican state of Veracruz has killed at least three people and injured dozens more.
The blast triggered a fire and vast plumes of smoke. Hundreds of locals were evacuated as reports came in that toxic substances, such as Chloroethane had been released into the air.
The blast hit a facility owned by Mexico’s state oil company, Pemex, in the port city of Coatzacoalcos.The cause of the explosion is not yet known.
This is not the first major accident for the Mexican company. In 2013, Pemex’s headquarters in Mexico City was hit by a massive gas explosion that killed 37 people.