Funerals begin for victims of pipeline blast as loved ones search for missing

21 January 2019

Friends and family began saying their final farewells on Sunday to victims of a gasoline pipeline blast that has killed at least 79 people. Fuel thieves punctured the Tula-Tuxpan pipeline a few miles from one of Mexico's main refineries on Friday. Up to 800 people flocked to fill plastic containers from the 7-meter gasoline geyser that ensued, officials said. A couple of hours later, it erupted in flames in a powerful explosion.

Half a dozen people said their relatives went to the leaking duct in Tlahuelilpan district in Hidalgo state because they struggled to find fuel elsewhere and were desperate to fill up cars to get to work or run their farms. On Sunday, a steady stream of funerals began for the victims while others continued searching for their loved ones.