Ten killed in Mexican explosion


An oil pipeline exploded in central Mexico early today, killing at least 10 people, the state news agency Notimex said.

The pipeline maintained by state oil monopoly Pemex exploded at around 11am Irish time in San Martin Texmelucan, a small community in the state of Puebla about 75 kilometres east of Mexico City.

The explosion destroyed many cars and homes in a residential neighborhood but was not near major oil refining or transportation facilities, according to local media reports.

Pemex officials did not immediately respond to calls for comment. Federal officials said that the explosion and fire were under control by mid-morning.