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Explosion reported at Irving Oil refinery in New Brunswick

Explosion reported at Irving Oil refinery in New Brunswick”

Residents of the area described feeling an explosion shortly after 10 a.m., and noted that flames and smoke could be seen from a great distance. Five people with injuries from the explosion were treated at Saint John Regional Hospital, and all have been released, Horizon Health Network said in a statement.

'We are actively assessing the situation at this time and will share more information when available'.

"We refine a wide range of products for our wholesale and retail markets, including gasoline, diesel, heating oil, jet fuel, propane and asphalt", the website says.

"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.

The refinery is near several residential neighborhoods on Saint John's east side.

Nate Guimond, 36, said he was doing house repairs when he looked outside and saw the scene. Thank you to all first responders who are working in response to this incident.

Mark Melanson and Jocelyn Legassie were sitting at the Tim Hortons on Hickey Road, about three kilometres away from the refinery, when they heard a popping sound.

Saint John Police also tweeted: "Police are now responding to an incident at the Irving refinery". Several streets have been closed down. Irving Oil confirmed Monday that a "major incident" occurred at its refinery.

A massive oil refinery blast shook this historic port city Monday, sending flames and black smoke high into the sky but causing only four minor injuries - and leaving officials relieved it wasn't far worse.

Rob Beebe felt the explosion from his apartment on Martha Avenue, a few streets over from the refinery.



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