A fuel pipeline explosion killed at least 66 people, and injured 76 others, in Tlahuelilipan (Hidalgo state) on Friday evening (local time), January 18. The explosion followed the illegal tapping of the pipeline, which attracted hundreds of people to fill up on gasoline. A heightened security presence is expected in the area in the coming hours and days. Thousands of soldiers and police have deployed to other pipelines across the country.
Mexico is currently experiencing a fuel shortage, including in Hidalgo state, due to the shutdown of major pipelines.
Individuals in Hidalgo state, and Mexico more broadly, are advised to monitor the situation, only refuel vehicles from registered and legitimate sources, ensure sufficient fuel reserves amid the ongoing shortage, and anticipate long lines at gas stations. A heightened security presence and localized disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of the explosion, as well as surrounding other national pipelines.
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