Pemex Is Blamed for The Sewer Explosion

Damages in Guadalajara will cost $300 million to repair

MEXICO'S ATTORNEY GENERAL ISSUED A REPORT blaming the state-owned oil giant Pemex for the explosion last month that destroyed 20 blocks of downtown Guadalajara. Police indicted four Pemex executives, the mayor of Guadalajara and other officials and charged them with negligent homicide in connection with the blast, which killed 194 people. There had been many complaints about gas fumes, the report says, and on April 21 Guadalajara officials measured "up to 100% explosiveness" in the city's sewers. They told residents there was no reason to leave. The next day at least nine major explosions blew a swath of destruction through Mexico's...

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