A plume of smoke rises over the State oil company Petroleos Mexicanos' petrochemical plant in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Wednesday April 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
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The death toll from a thunderous blast at a petrochemical plant in Mexico has risen to at least 13, an official said Thursday, in the latest accident plaguing the state-run oil giant Pemex.The toll could rise further as another 136 people were injured, 13 of them critically, in Wednesday's explosion, which sent up huge plumes of black, toxic smoke and triggered panic among locals fearing a repeat of a 1991 blast at the same plant that caused a deadly gas leak.The new blast at the petrochemical plant in the city of Coatzacoalcos in eastern Veracruz state was so powerful it was felt 10 kilometers (six miles) away. Crews kept working Thursday to cool off one particularly hard hit area of the plant, hosing it down with water.Some 100 plant workers and about 2,000 residents had to be evacuated, according to Veracruz governor Javier Duarte.
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