Mexico’s state-owned oil company, Pemex, is being slammed by critics after a gas leak at an underwater pipeline caused an oceanic fireball that looked like something out of a Michael Bay film. Video of the ocean on fire in the Gulf of Mexico immediately went viral.
The pipeline, located off the coast of Campeche on the western Yucatán Peninsula, ruptured at 5:15 a.m. on July 2 near the 90,000-gallon oil spill that occurred in 2016. Bright orange flames leapt from the surface of the sea for over five hours before crews were able to extinguish them.
According to reports, the fire began in an underwater pipeline that was connected to a platform on Pemex’s flagship Ku Maloob Zaap oil development. No injuries were reported, and Pemex said it would investigate the cause, although it did release a relatively vague statement.