Photo: Deadly Blast at PEMEX, Mexico City
Mexican authorities are reporting a blast at the headquarters complex of state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX). The blast has killed 14 people and injured 100. Early reports indicate some type of machinery exploded in the basement of an administration building in the complex. The explosion occurred sometime near 4:00 p.m. local time.
The PEMEX complex has numerous facilities including the PEMEX tower, all located in Mexico City. Management had evacuated the building where the blast occurred due to electrical problems, early reports indicate. The blast was severe enough to cause damage to nearby buildings sending hundreds of employees into the streets.
There has been no official confirmation of the cause of the blast except that the blast occurred. Mexico’s Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong confirmed that 100 people had been injured and 14 died. Both of those figures could go up as search crews go through the rubble to search for people trapped. Excelsior Mexico is reporting more than 30 workers are trapped in the rubble
PEMEX’s headquarters are located in the heart of Mexico City’s commercial district. The company has assets worth in excess of $400 billion and is considered the world’s second largest non-publicly traded company with over 130,000 employees.