Before the explosion, as many as 800 people converged on the site — many carrying buckets, pails and other receptacles — to gather gasoline, which was gushing from the ruptured pipeline more than 20 feet into the air
The deadly blast came amid an operation by López Obrador to send thousands of troops and police to guard pipelines as part of a major effort to eliminate rampant fuel theft
In a news conference Saturday, López Obrador renewed his vow to “eradicate” the gangs of fuel thieves that operate in regions of Mexico where pipelines transport gasoline and diesel from refineries and depots to Mexico City and other major population centers.
Saturday, January 19, 2019
"The death toll in the pipeline fire in central Mexico rose to at least 66 early Saturday, with 76 injured"