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WATCH: Ocean Turns to Raging Inferno at Site of Gas Pipeline Leak

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For many of us, the last few years have been filled with wild, out of control vignettes of a world gone mad.  Pandemics, historic storms, political unrest, racial revolution, building collapses, murder hornets…you name it.

To be fair, much of this was going on before we chose to notice, but the advent of the information revolution is now in full swing, and we are seeing images from the world abroad being broadcast directly into our telephones in realtime.

And so we see it all.  We bear witness to a world that is far scarier, at times, than we ever imagined.

This week was no exception, as a fire raging on the surface of the sea sent social media into a panic.

Mexico’s state-owned oil company said a fire caused by a rupture in an undersea gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico is over, but videos showing efforts to put out what appears to be an underwater caldron of fire live on.

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The “fire in the sea” was put out at 10:45 a.m. following a gas leak about 500 feet from a drilling platform, Pemex tweeted. No injuries were reported and the company said it took about 5 hours to bring the incident under control.

The company said it used boats to pump water over the underwater blaze, although nitrogen was also used to control the fire, Reuters reports, citing a Pemex incident report.

The images were simply unfathomable.

The videos elicited several different reactions on social media, from sheer amazement to a despondent feeling that our planet may be in peril.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.