Torrance ExxonMobil refinery leak contained; shelter in place lifted

ByJuan Carlos Flores via KABC logo
Saturday, October 24, 2015
AIR7 HD captured smoke billowing from the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015.
AIR7 HD captured smoke billowing from the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015.
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TORRANCE, Calif. (KABC) -- A leak at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance on Friday prompted officials to activate sirens that directed residents in the area to shelter in place, according to authorities.

The refinery experienced a leak on an 8-inch pipeline in the crude unit at about 6:10 p.m., according to a post on the Torrance Police Department's Facebook page.

AIR7 HD captured a large column of smoke billowing into the sky. Smoke was seen extending past Western Avenue.

The leak was blocked in and stabilized at approximately 6:29 p.m., and the shelter in place was lifted, according to another post on the department's Facebook page.