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Wyoming refinery explosion causes no casualties

30 September 2013

An explosion and fire on the night of September 27 at Sinclair Wyoming Refinery did not cause injuries or damage any of the adjacent town, local authorities said. The explosion occurred shortly after 10 p.m. and was accompanied by a large fire that was limited to the refinery itself, said Sinclair Police Chief Jeff Sanders. The explosion happened in a hydrogen unit at the refinery, some seven miles east of the town of Rawlins.

Sinclair’s own fire brigade extinguished the blaze. Its members have specialized training for dealing with refinery fires, Sanders said.

The cause of the incident was unknown, according to the statement.

In July, two workers were injured in a fire at the refinery. They were treated and released the same day.

Earlier this year, the Star-Tribune performed an analysis of federal data and found the Sinclair facility had been cited and fined more than another other refinery in Wyoming during the preceding five years.

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