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Mexico oil blast kills at least three, dozens more are injured

Mexico oil blast kills at least three, dozens more are injured
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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.

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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.

UPDATE: #Mexico oil factory blast: 3 dead, dozens injured as huge toxic cloud released https://t.co/QDBWGqSs6ipic.twitter.com/Pnez7SSQBT

— RT (@RT_com) April 21, 2016

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.

Deadly blast hits Mexico oil plant https://t.co/y9EqBQ2nTRpic.twitter.com/5ANST3Bl49

— Report UK (@ReportUK) April 21, 2016

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.

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