Explosion reported at Irving Oil refinery in New Brunswick

Lamar Ellis
October 9, 2018

Plumes of smoke and explosions have been seen coming from Canada's largest oil refinery as the owners of the Irving Oil site confirm that a "major incident" is underway at their energy plant in New Brunswick.

Flame and smoke erupts from the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, N.B., on Monday, September 8, 2018.

At 4 p.m. local time, residents were still being asked to stay in their homes, and nearby streets remained closed.

Residents across Saint John reported feeling the explosion, with some calling it "bed shaking", according to CBC.

Saint John Mayor Don Darling said on Twitter: "This is obviously a live event. when we know more, you'll know more".

"Praying for the safety of all involved", Saint John Mayor Don Darling said on Twitter.

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"From where I was, you could see flames - I would expect they were about a hundred feet in the air - and you've got a huge plume of black smoke", Steeves said about an hour and a half later.

"We're very grateful today - and being Thanksgiving, I think it's appropriate", Kevin Scott, Irving Oil's chief refining and supply officer, told reporters at an afternoon briefing after a tense day.

Irving Oil is a major supplier of oil to the northeastern part of the United States.

Nate Guimond, 36, said he was doing house repairs when he saw smoke.

When he walked outside, he noticed black smoke coming from the refinery, so he hopped into the vehicle, drove down the corner and saw fire about 30 metres high. "I heard a rumbling, roaring sound". Irving Oil confirmed Monday that a "major incident" occurred at its refinery.

Rob Beebe felt the explosion from his apartment on Martha Avenue, a few streets over from the refinery.

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