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Tesoro refinery tank in Wilmington explodes; none injured

Streets near the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Carson were closed Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, due to a sulfur-tank explosion at the site. The sheriff's department recommended that people within a quarter-mile stay indoors but no evacuations were ordered.
Streets near the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Carson were closed Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, due to a sulfur-tank explosion at the site. The sheriff's department recommended that people within a quarter-mile stay indoors but no evacuations were ordered.
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A sulfur tank exploded Friday at the Tesoro refinery in Wilmington, sending a chemical cloud into the air and causing a fire, authorities said. No injuries were reported.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the blast, which occurred at about 1 p.m.

"We are currently conducting air quality monitoring around the site," company spokesman Destin Singleton said. "At this time we have not detected any harmful levels of toxins."

General location of the Tesoro refinery located in both Wilmington and Carson.
General location of the Tesoro refinery located in both Wilmington and Carson.
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Everyone at the scene near the 23200 block of South Alameda Street was accounted for, Singleton said.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department sent in a hazardous materials team.

No evacuations were ordered but the Sheriff's Department urged people within a quarter-mile of the scene to stay indoors, and Alameda Street was closed between 223rd Street and Sepulveda Boulevard.

 

The Tesoro refinery, far left, is seen in Carson, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. A sulfur tank exploded Friday at the largest oil refinery in California, sending a chemical cloud into the air and causing a fire, authorities said.
The Tesoro refinery, far left, is seen in Carson, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. A sulfur tank exploded Friday at the largest oil refinery in California, sending a chemical cloud into the air and causing a fire, authorities said.
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The 930-acre refinery near the Port of Long Beach is located in both Wilmington and Carson. It is the largest refinery on the West Coast and produces gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and other fuels, according to Tesoro.

An Associated Press report was used in this story.