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Oil refinery explosion injures two in US

21 September 2020

An explosion at an oil refinery near Evanston, Wyoming injured two workers on September 19. The blast happened at the Silver Eagle Refinery, around eight miles to the east of Evanston in south west Wyoming.

Image: Uinta County Fire and Ambulance
Image: Uinta County Fire and Ambulance

A press release from the Uinta County Fire and Ambulance service said that the explosion happened at approximately 10:21 local time. Emergency services were called to the scene after a blast was reported in the refinery’s loading rack area. Two trucks had been loading at the time of the incident.

Two people were transported to Evanston Regional Hospital with burn injuries and the fire was contained to the loading facility with no damage to the refinery itself. Firefighters managed the fire until it burnt itself out. The fire caused the loading facility structure to collapse. 

The cause of the explosion and fire remains unknown and an investigation has been opened.

According to its website, the Silver Eagle Evanston refinery was built in the late 1980s. Silver Eagle Refining purchased the refinery in 1996 and has operated it since. The facility primarily produces regular and premium gasoline.

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