Roommates, some things you have to see to believe! That’s exactly the case with a now-viral video showing flames boiling to the surface of the ocean. And nope, it’s not fake! According to The New York Times, an undersea gas pipeline ruptured on Friday in the Gulf of Mexico. The incident caused a leak, which resulted in swirling fire burning on the surface of the water for more than five hours!
This pipeline, measuring about 12 inches in diameter, is property of Mexico’s state-owned oil company called Pemex. The company released a statement providing details following the dangerous scene. The shocking fire circle reportedly began at 5:15 a.m. after the pipeline leak.
In another circulating video, three fire control boats can be seen trying to get the raging flames under control by spraying water on them. After a few hours, the fire was completely put out at 10:45 a.m. All values connected to the pipeline were shut off.
At this time, there are reportedly no injuries or deaths. The pipeline rupture actually took place about 150 yards from the drilling platform located at “Ku-Maloob-Zaap, an offshore oil field in the Bay of Campeche.”
Pemex allegedly did not respond to requests by The New York Times regarding clarity on the damage caused by the pipeline leak to marine life. However, Executive Director of Mexico’s Security, Energy and Environment Agency Ángel Carrizales reassured concerned folks that Pemex’s leak “did not cause a spill.”
Pemex isn’t entirely secluded from previous media coverage. The New York Times reports that the company has had issues with “debt, mismanagement and corruption.” Additionally, they held the unofficial title for “world’s most indebted oil company” after carrying a $107 billion debt in 2019.
Take a closer look at the one-of-a-kind footage below:
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