Explosion Reported at New Brunswick Irving Oil Refinery

09 October, 2018, 07:11 | Author: Carlos George

Saint John Mayor Don Darling said on Twitter: "This is obviously a live event. when we know more, you'll know more".

George Murphy of the Consumer Group for Fair Gas Prices says it's too early to say if the Irving Oil situation unfolding in New Brunswick will have any impact on prices.

Nearby resident Bob McVicar posted on Facebook saying that it felt like a "bed-shaking explosion".

"We're very grateful today - and being Thanksgiving, I think it's appropriate", Kevin Scott, Irving Oil's chief refining and supply officer, told reporters at an afternoon briefing after a tense day.

Black smoke and flames can be seen for miles, higher than the refinery's stacks. Streets in the area have been closed as authorities monitor the situation.

Refinery owner Irving Oil confirmed on Twitter that a "major incident" occurred there.

Irving Oil exports more than half of that to the United States, and the refinery is a critical source of fuel for the Northeast energy market, CNBC reported.

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He added when he walked outside he saw thick black smoke billowing so he hopped in his vehicle to take a closer look. Thank you to all first responders who are working in response to this incident.

"There was thick, pitch black smoke mixed with white smoke", said Guimond.

The explosion at around 10 a.m. touched off a fire and sent thick, black smoke pouring into the air. "I heard a rumbling, roaring sound".

The Saint John Regional Hospital had issued an "orange alert", meaning it was preparing for a possible influx of patients.

The Irving Oil Refinery is a Canadian oil refinery located in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Rob Beebe felt the explosion from his apartment on Martha Avenue, a few streets over from the refinery. He said the incident reminded him of a similar event in the late 90s, when the same refinery suffered a similar explosion which left one person dead.

We will update as more information becomes available.

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