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Several people injured in explosion at Oil Refinery in Eastern Canada - Owner

Patty Aguilar | 09 October, 2018, 07:14

He said he heard emergency vehicles heading toward the scene, but didn't say how many.

An explosion at a refinery in Canada's east coast has left residents shaken and concerned.

New Brunswick city resident Bob McVicar wrote on Facebook that it felt like a "bed-shaking explosion".

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.

Black smoke and flames can be seen for miles, higher than the refinery's stacks.

"The following streets are closed: Loch Lomond at Commerce, Grandview at Champlain, Grandview at Bayside, and Loch Lomond at Macdonald". "At times we were letting that just safely extinguish itself", he said.

The company that owns the refinery confirmed on Twitter that a "major incident" occurred there.

Irving Oil says it is investigating a "major incident" at the refinery, but did not provide details.

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When he walked outside, he noticed black smoke coming from the refinery, so he hopped into the vehicle, drove down the corner and saw fire about 30 metres high.

Nate Guimond, 36, said he was doing house repairs when he saw smoke.

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

"I heard a rumbling, roaring sound", Guimond said.

He chose to drive by the refinery, and said he was nearby when he felt the vibrations of what he assumed must be a second explosion.

"Just seeing the clouds, and what they've got closed off, it just seems to be a pretty similar level of event", he said.

Irving Oil said it would release more information when it became available.

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