CM – A massive “eye of fire” breaks out of a pipeline leak in the Gulf of Mexico

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The sea is on fire in the Gulf of Mexico after a pipeline burst. Good system.

A giant ring of flame erupted on the surface of the sea in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday – and set social media on fire when breathtaking aerial shots of the « Eye of Fire » went viral.

The bright orange fire west of the peninsula Yucatan was ignited by a leak from an underwater pipeline, according to the Mexican state-owned oil company Pemex.

It took more than five hours to completely contain the fire that broke out near a Pemex oil platform at around 5:15 a.m., shared the authorities with. No injuries were reported.

Company workers used nitrogen to control the inferno, which resembled molten lava swirling on the water.

Dramatic footage of the incident was trending on Twitter on Friday, users dubbed it the “Eye of Fire” because of its circular shape.

The pipeline connects to Pemex’s flagship oil well, Ku Maloob Zaap; the most important in the county with a production of 726,000 barrels of oil per day.

The incident « did not cause an oil spill, » wrote Angel Carrizales, head of the Mexican oil safety regulator ASEA, in Spanish on Twitter. He did not explain what was burning on the surface of the water.

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