The death toll from Friday’s fuel pipeline explosion in central Mexico has climbed to 73, the governor of the country’s Hidalgo state said.
Governor Omar Fayad also said Saturday at a news conference in Mexico City that at least 74 others were injured.
A leak and the resulting blast were caused by fuel thieves illegally tapping into a gas pipeline in Hidalgo state, officials said.
Video footage showed the fuel gushing into the air and people collecting gas in buckets, garbage cans and other containers before the explosion.
“I urge the entire population not to be complicit in fuel theft,” Fayad said. “Apart from being illegal, it puts your life and those of your families at risk.”
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has launched a crackdown on fuel theft, called on “the entire government” to assist the people at the site of the explosion.
墨西哥总统安德烈斯·曼努埃尔·洛佩兹·奥夫拉多尔（Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador）发起了一场打击燃油盗窃的运动，他呼吁“全体政府”向爆炸现场的人们提供协助。
The government says fuel theft costs the country about $3 billion a year.