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Pipeline fire looks like scene from 'Pacific Rim'

By T.K. Randall
July 3, 2021 · Comment icon 13 comments

Firefighting vessels tackled the blaze. Image Credit: Twitter / Manuel Lopez San Martin
A ruptured gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico saw a veritable inferno erupt from the water's surface.
At first glance, footage of the incident - which was filmed in the offshore Ku-Maloob-Zaap oil field - looks like something out of a science-fiction movie, with the ocean bubbling in an inferno of fire.

In actual fact, however, the video is entirely genuine - capturing the scene of a ruptured pipeline situated around 150ft from one of Petroleos Mexicanos' oil drilling platforms.

Fortunately nobody was injured, however the amount of environmental damage caused by the accident may not become fully apparent for some time.
The leak was ultimately brought under control within around five hours.

"The incident was dealt with immediately when the security protocols were activated and with the accompaniment of nearby firefighting vessels such as Santa Cruz Island, Campeche Bay and Bourbon Alienor," the firm said in a statement.

"In addition, the interconnection valves in the pipeline were closed, extinguishing the fire and the gas release, ending the contingency around 10.45am and restoring normal operating conditions."

Source: Herald Scotland | Comments (13)

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Comment icon #4 Posted by and then 3 years ago
I wonder what caused it to ignite?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Ratbiter 3 years ago
Okay am I dumb? or is there a reason they putting water on the fire? Come on educate me, please.
Comment icon #6 Posted by DanL 3 years ago
Fire is basically a chemical reaction. Carbon mixing rapidly with oxygen creates fire. The fire is only on the surface when the hot gases suddenly have air to causr=e fire. You can drown the fire with fire on the water just as you can on dry land. They have an unlimited supply of water so that is what they use.
Comment icon #7 Posted by and then 3 years ago
It has been accepted for over a century that combustion/fire requires fuel, oxygen and heat to exist.  Where does the heat come from in this instance?
Comment icon #8 Posted by lightly 3 years ago
I thought about that too... I thought maybe Lightning.?  
Comment icon #9 Posted by strunk64 3 years ago
It says in the article, : "However, the accident gave rise to the strange sight of roiling balls of flame boiling up from below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico". What could have caused ignition underwater? And, what kind of gas was it?.
Comment icon #10 Posted by and then 3 years ago
It's most likely methane but I don't think there's enough oxygen below the surface to allow combustion.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Raptor Witness 3 years ago
Comment icon #12 Posted by and then 3 years ago
Comment icon #13 Posted by Essan 3 years ago
Believed to have been lightning

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