Gas leak caused Mexico oil company blast

Last updated 16:23 05/02/2013

Relevant offers

World

Sydney cafe siege: shot execution style Three members of Perth family killed in axe attack in South Africa Michelle Obama ditches headscarf, sparks outrage in Saudi Arabia Jordan set to exchange prisoner for pilot hostage New York officials in firing line over 'Juno' actions Denver airport bans pot merchandise Israel slams Turkish criticism as inappropriate at Holocaust memorial service Jordan makes Islamic State a counteroffer: Your bomber for our pilot Israeli soldiers dead as fighting flares along Israel-Lebanon border Charles Townes, physicist who invented the laser, dies at 99

Mexico's attorney-general says a buildup of gas in the basement of the headquarters of the national oil company caused a blast that killed 37 people and wounded dozens.  

Jesus Murillo Karam says an investigation by Mexican, Spanish, US and British experts found no evidence of explosives in the blast that collapsed several lower floors of the Petroleos Mexicanos administrative building on Thursday afternoon.  

He said Monday that the experts believe that an electrical fault had caused a spark that detonated the leaking gas. There was scant evidence of the burn marks typical in a bomb blast, he said.

There was also no sign of a crater like that typically left by an explosive device. 

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content