Undersea gas pipeline rupture causes fire in Gulf of Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s state-owned oil company says it suffered a rupture in an undersea gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico.

The gas leak sent flames boiling to the surface in the Gulf waters. Petroleos Mexicanos said Friday it had dispatched fire control boats to pump more water over the flames.

The company said it had  brought the gas leak under control.

Pemex, as the company is known, said nobody was injured in the incident in the offshore Ku-Maloob-Zaap field.

But the accident gave rise to the strange sight of roiling balls of flame boiling up from below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.