Publicado: Mar, Octubre 09, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Explosion reported at Irving Oil refinery in New Brunswick


Irving Oil says a "major incident" happened at its oil refinery in Saint John, N.B., this morning.

Saint John resident Doug Bruce said he was about five or six kilometres away from the refinery at the time of the explosion.

Saint John Police also tweeted: "Police are now responding to an incident at the Irving refinery".

"We're sitting here and watching it burn right now".

Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis at Oil Price Information Service, told CNBC the refinery is probably the most important in terms of fuel imports into the US Northeast market.

According to the Irving Oil web site, the refinery produces more than 320,000 barrels of "finished energy products" every day, with more than half going the USA northeast.

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Police maintained a cordon around the plant, which is located in a residential area and close to a regional hospital.

Black smoke and flames can be seen for miles, higher than the refinery's stacks. Several streets have been closed down.

An explosion shook the city of Saint John, New Brunswick, after a "major incident" at an Irving Oil refinery. Fire officials were said to be aware of the situation.

Steeves 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.

Irving said on Twitter that the company is "actively assessing the situation" and will share more information when it becomes available.

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