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Flames in Gulf of Mexico as underwater gas pipeline leaks, catches fire
Plumes of huge orange flames were spewing from Gulf of Mexico as a Pemex oil company pipeline ruptured underwater on Friday and the gas rushing out was on fire.

MEXICO CITY, July 3: The Gulf of Mexico was on fire, puffing out clouds of orange flames high up in the sky early on Friday morning. The ring-shaped fire was christened "Eye of Fire" on social media.

The Gulf of Mexico fire emanated from a rupture in an underwater gas pipeline coming from Campeche in the west of Yucatan peninsula, which forms the lower jaw of the Gulf's mouth opening to the east, and separates the Gulf from the Caribbean Sea.

Gas started leaking from the pipeline in the Campeche Sound at roughly 5:15 am on Friday, according to a statement from the company that owns the pipeline, Petróleos Mexicanos, known as Pemex, a State-owned petroleum company.

It said firefighting vessels were sent to deal with the incident. The interconnection valves were closed and the fire was extinguished by 10:45 am. Four ships sprayed water at the flames. The fire was just 400 metres from an oil platform. There were no casualties. Mexico said there were no oil spills either.

The company, Pemex, operates 81 drilling rigs, including 11 offshore. Several accidents have taken place in the past. A Pemex-owned fuel pipeline in Tlauhuelilpan, Hidalgo, exploded, killing dozens of people in January 2019.

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