May 1, 2018 — An oil refinery explosion injured at least 20 workers and forced the evacuation of 27,000 people in the town of Superior, Wisconsin.
The explosion occurred on April 26 at an oil refinery operated by Husky Energy.
A survivor of the explosion who was in the building described the sound like a “sonic boom” and said it occurred while the plant was being shut down for repairs.
After firefighters extinguished the blaze, investigators tracked the initial explosion to the fluid catalytic cracking unit, which is where crude oil is heated and distilled into gasoline and petroleum products.
The unit dates back to the 1950s and investigators are determining if any flaws or cracks in the tank may have caused the explosion.
On May 1, EPA officials finished monitoring the air and said they did not fine any elevated levels of toxic chemicals.
They were concerned about the release of hydrofluoric acid, a strong industrial acid that can cause severe health problems when inhaled.
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