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Oil refinery explosion rattles homes

April 23, 2009 7:03:57 AM PDT
A big explosion at an oil refinery rattled nearby homes in Paramount.The blast was at Paramount Petroleum just before 10 p.m., when a pair of furnaces about 100 feet high was relit.

Authorities say a buildup of gas caused the explosion.

One worker was hurt, but not seriously, and there were no flames or leaking fumes.

A number of people told Eyewitness News their homes shook with the force of the blast, but no one had to be evacuated.

Damage to the refinery is estimated at $800,000.


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