Explosion Reported in a California Refinery, Fires Erupted in Cooling Tower - TNBC USA

On late Tuesday, an explosion erupted at a Los Angeles-area refinery. The accident happened at a Marathon refinery in the city of Carson near about 11 p.m on Tuesday. The Los Angeles County Fire Department first tweeted the information about the blazes that an explosion preceded a fire in the cooling tower.

Marathon fire crews were keeping the flames in check while the system was being depressurized.  Marathon Petroleum’s Los Angeles refinery is the largest on the West Coast with a crude oil capacity of 363,000 barrels per day. The county fire department added that no one had been injured in the incident. Carson is a city in southern Los Angeles County, south of Compton.

A  resident named Pricilla Reyes said her niece came running over to ask whether she heard an explosion. They could see the fire from their home. “I heard about four or five explosions, really loud,” said Reyes. “You could see the flames and the smoke from our house,” she said.

Reyes said she was doubtful about the smoke was harmful or not, so she shut the windows of her home. A truck driver, Michael Molina, said, “I heard a couple more thumps, and I could see like a big ball of smoke.” The exact reason for the explosion is being investigated.

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