Thousands of people were evacuated in western Mexico after
thieves tapping a pipeline run by state oil monopoly Pemex
caused a major petrol leak.
Authorities in the state of Jalisco said there were no
reports of casualties after the local government ordered some
7,500 people to be evacuated from the affected area.
Television footage showed a large column of petrol shooting
skywards near the town of Tlajomulco south of the state
capital Guadalajara, Mexico's second biggest city.
Arturo Zamora, Jalisco's state interior minister, told
reporters the leak was under control and that locals in the
outermost reaches affected by the incident could soon be
allowed back to their homes.
Pemex, whose pipelines are frequently the target of attacks
by thieves, said it shut down the flow of petrol as soon as
the leak was detected.
The Energy Ministry said this month that Pemex has reported
fuel thefts worth some $4.7 billion over the past five years.