A fire broke out in the southern waters of the Gulf of Mexico Friday after an underwater pipeline leaked, sending flames boiling to the surface in the Gulf waters.
Video making rounds on social media platforms shows a huge circle of fire spewing out of the ocean.
🚨 Incendio registrado en aguas del Golfo de México— Manuel Lopez San Martin (@MLopezSanMartin) July 2, 2021
A 400 metros de la plataforma Ku-Charly (dentro del Activo Integral de Producción Ku Maloob Zaap)
Una válvula de una línea submarina habría reventado y provocado el incendio
Esta fuera de control hace 8 horas pic.twitter.com/KceOTDU1kX
The company, Petróleos Mexicanos, also known as Pemex, a Mexican-state-owned petroleum company, said a gas leak in its 12-inch submarine pipeline near a platform in the Ku-Maloob-Zaap oil field was the cause of the event.
However, Firefighting crews were able to control the fire, the company added no injuries were reported.
It was unclear how much environmental damage the gas leak and oceanic fireball had caused.
In reacting to the incident, the executive director of Mexico’s oil safety regulatory agency ASEA, Ángel Carrizales, tweeted that the leak “did not generate any spill,” but did not say what exactly was on fire.