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Oil blast causes inferno in Mexican town

Fuel thieves tampering with an oil pipeline may have sparked a deadly explosion

Oil blast causes inferno in Mexican town
View of the entrance of Texmelucan, Puebla State, on December 19, 2010. Twenty eight people were killed and twelve other injured following an explosion of an oil pipeline of state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) in the community of Texmelucan. The explosion also left 32 houses damaged (AFP/Getty Images)
Oil blast causes inferno in Mexican town
Mexican President Felipe Calderon (C) during a tour at the the place where a fire took place in Texmelucan, Puebla State, on December 19, 2010. Twenty eight people were killed and twelve other injured following an explosion of an oil pipeline of state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) in the community of Texmelucan. The explosion also left 32 houses damaged (AFP/Getty Images)
Oil blast causes inferno in Mexican town
Mexican soldiers block the way at the explosion site of a Pemex pipeline in Texmelucan, Puebla state, on December 19, 2010 (AFP/Getty Images)
Oil blast causes inferno in Mexican town
The Atoyac river and its blackened banks seen after the explosion of a Pemex pipeline in Texmelucan, Puebla state, on December 20, 2010 (AFP/Getty Images)
Oil blast causes inferno in Mexican town
Authorities on Monday began the grim task of recovering the charred remains of 28 people killed in a massive oil pipeline blast that turned a huge section of a central Mexican town into a raging fireball (AFP/Getty Images)
Oil blast causes inferno in Mexican town
Local residents watch their car burnt down by the explosion of a Pemex pipeline in Texmelucan, Puebla state, Mexico, on December 20, 2010 (AFP/Getty Images)
Oil blast causes inferno in Mexican town
Burnt down trees and vehicles at an urban area hit by the explosion of a Pemex pipeline in Texmelucan, Puebla state, Mexico, on December 20, 2010 (AFP/Getty Images)
Oil blast causes inferno in Mexican town
Fuel thieves tampering with an oil pipeline may have sparked a deadly explosion that turned streets of a Mexican town into an inferno that killed 28 people on Sunday, officials said (AFP/Getty Images)
Oil blast causes inferno in Mexican town
Among the dead there were 13 children, while 52 people were injured, officials said. The explosion destroyed 32 houses and damaged more than 80 more, the officials said (AFP/Getty Images)
Oil blast causes inferno in Mexican town
The explosion and ensuing fire clouded the town in smoke as soldiers arrived to help firefighters and rescue teams (AFP/Getty Images)