Massive blast reported at ExxonMobil refinery in SoCal (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: February 18, 2015 18:27
Edited time: February 18, 2015 19:00

Torrance Refinery (Photo from

Torrance Refinery (Photo from

A large explosion was reported Wednesday morning at an ExxonMobil oil refinery in the southern California city of Torrance.

Law enforcement officials in Torrance, southwest of Los Angeles, described the incident to the LA Times as a “second-alarm fire explosion” that occurred at around 8:50 a.m. local time early Wednesday, according to the refinery’s own account.

A local NBC News affiliate said there have been reports of two individuals suffering from minor injuries as of 10:30 a.m. PST. Some area schools have ordered people to “shelter in place” as the cause of the explosion is investigated, according to local media reports.

“Emergency procedures have been activated to address the incident, and employees are working with the appropriate agencies,” a public affairs official with ExxonMobil said in a statement given to NBC News on Wednesday morning. “Our main concern is for the safety of our employees and our neighbors. We are accounting for all personnel and still evaluating the cause of the incident, or the occurrence or amount on any damages.”

According to local news network KTLA, the ExxonMobil refinery encompasses roughly 750 acres in Torrance, CA and processes upwards of 155,000 barrels of crude oil each day.

Details are still developing, but the Torrance Police Department told reporters at the LA Times that there is no evidence of any air quality issues. Witnesses claim the explosion caused the ground to shake similar to the effects of an earthquake, however, and said they saw ash falling from the sky, according to the paper.

“I thought it was an earthquake, like someone hit the back of my car,” resident Drew Magtoto told NBC News after the initial explosion. “There’s still smoke coming out, but it wasn’t as bad as earlier.”

Another resident, according to the network, said he could feel the explosion from around seven miles away.

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3 Responses to Massive blast reported at ExxonMobil refinery in SoCal (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

  1. Leigh says:

    First a train derailment of oil tankers in West Virginia – now this. Who benefits? Big Oil, the Saudis and the Keystone lobbyists. My tin foil had hunch says these incidents, all within a week, are sabotage.

    The Saudis are trying to crash American fuel production and price cutting is hurting them too much at home. Together with Big Oil they’re willing to make a few sacrifices for the old paradigm “Problem Reaction Solution” play. Keystone is loosing ground support in America with people finally waking up to the fact that this is nothing more than a huge land grab of private property by a foreign company.

    Just wait for it – Fox news is going to roll out the Keystone talking heads to argue that pipelines are so much “safer” for us. I’m betting that will be the first wave of propaganda coming at us.

  2. pat says:

    i remember hearing some time ago that the last go around when usa,inc. owed a payment to China on the interest on Clinton era loans-that when they tried to pay in fake gold bars in Ft. Hood did not fly-they found they were tungsten when they got back to China–after their attempts to check the bars went south due to the Ft.Hood false flag-i heard that these ports in California were turned over to the Chinese in payment…so now that another payment was due at the end of January, with an extension to yesterday–all of a sudden these ports are shut down–and a near by Exxon plant is blown up—i wonder if these two events are connected.

  3. Trex says:

    Hmmm – with oil around $50, this could justify gas at $10 just to help the starving oil firms from complete starvation while prices are down.
    What I saw in the video was the normal flaring of a waste gas vent stack.

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