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Chevron Mississippi refinery explosion kills one

15 November 2013

Authorities are investigating the cause of an explosion and fire at the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery in southern Mississippi refinery that killed one worker on November 14. Chevron said in a statement that the explosion occurred in one of its processing units in a furnace, killing the worker.

The incident started with an explosion and was followed by several smaller fires, all of which have been extinguished.

About 30 firefighters and police officers responded to the overnight fire. Many of them remained at the front gate, just in case Chevron's fire teams needed assistance in one of its processing units.

The local emergency services unit said no harmful substances were released in the explosion.

This incident followed another on November 13 when a Chevron pipeline carrying liquid petroleum gas exploded in the town of Milford, Texas, causing a raging fire.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the explosion, but the town was evacuated until the fire burned itself out.

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