Monday, 22 October, 2018

Irving Oil Refinery Explosion: Full Story & Must-See Details

Ellis Copeland | 09 October, 2018, 07:15

Geoffrey Downey, spokesperson with the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, said there were only "couple minor injuries at this point, but nothing serious".

We will update as more information becomes available.

"I heard a loud bang that shook our house and rattled the windows", said Gordon Dalzell, who lives in Saint John near the refinery.

The company shut most of the plant for planned maintenance in late September, but the smaller, 25,000 bpd gasoline-making units and the 125,000 bpd crude unit were still running, a source familiar with the plant's operations said.

Irving Oil is a major supplier of oil to the northeastern part of the United States.

He added when he walked outside he saw thick black smoke billowing so he hopped in his auto to take a closer look.

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Meanwhile, Saint John Police are asking the public to avoid the area.

"Thank you to all first responders who are working in response to this incident", it tweeted. "I heard a rumbling, roaring sound".

The blast was believed to be the result of a malfunction in the diesel refining section of the Irving Oil refinery in St John's, New Brunswick, said company executive Kevin Scott. Streets in the area have been closed as authorities monitor the situation.

"From where I was, you could see flames - I would expect they were about a hundred feet in the air - and you've got a huge plume of black smoke", Steeves said about an hour and a half later.

The explosion at around 10 a.m. touched off a fire and sent thick, black smoke pouring into the air.

Rob Beebe felt the explosion from his apartment on Martha Avenue, a few streets over from the refinery. Irving Oil confirmed Monday that a "major incident" occurred at its refinery.

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