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Explosion reported at Wisconsin refinery

Explosion reported at Wisconsin refinery”

At least 20 people were reportedly injured at an oil refinery in Wisconsin on Thursday after a sudden explosion that witnesses said rattled the air like a "sonic boom". She says emergency room physicians describe those patients as awake and alert.

The five people were taken to hospitals in Duluth, Minnesota after the explosion, Superior Fire Chief Steve Panger told AP. She says the extent of injuries is unknown.

A spokeswoman for St. Luke's, which operates two hospitals in the area, said it was treating one injured patient, but could provide no details on that person's condition.

Authorities in Superior say the explosion at the Husky Energy oil refinery happened at about 10 a.m. Thursday.

Local reports said six people had been transported to a hospital and there appeared to be no deaths.

Panger said the fire was out by 11:20 a.m., although smoke could be seen rising from the plant.

The fire has been controlled, the Superior Police Department reported on Facebook.

But local media reported that the fire had reignited and multiple small, secondary explosions could be heard. There have been no neighborhood evacuations.

No damage estimate was available. It is owned by the Canadian firm Husky Energy, which purchased the refinery a year ago. It's Wisconsin's only refinery, and it produces gasoline, asphalt and other products.

The refinery processes crude oil from the Canadian and North Dakota fields.



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