By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
At least 1,200 families were evacuated from their homes in the central Mexican state of Puebla on Wednesday, Sept. 12, as the result of a Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) gas pipeline leak.
The neighborhoods evacuated included Vicente Guerrero, Villa Frontera, Colonia San Pedro, Villas del Marquez, Villas de San Gregorio, Revolución Mexicana and Venustiano Carranza.
A strong odor of gas was detected in the early morning hours in the Camino a Tlaltenongo neighborhood, leading to the decision by Pemex officials to evacuate that neighborhood and surrounding areas in compliance with Mexican emergency protocols.
Classes were also suspended for 17 schools in the region.
Pemex has stated that it immediately shut off the valve for the affected area, but the gas concentrates inside the pipes continued to flow for several hours.