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Canada refinery blast and fire caused by LPG

02 January 2014

The December 24 explosion and fire at the Co-op Refinery in Regina, Saskatchewan caused no injuries and was quickly brought under control, police reported. A source at the scene told CBC News the explosion and fire happened in the poly reactor, a section of the refinery where liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, is made.

CBC said there had been several explosions and fires at the refinery complex over the last 25 years, the most serious being one in October 2011, when corrosion in a pipe triggered a fireball which injured 36 people and forced 1,400 workers from the facility.

More recently, last February, a fire in a coker unit sent flames shooting nearly 20 metres in the air, but was quickly brought under control.

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