Explosion reported at Irving Oil refinery in New Brunswick

Explosion reported at Irving Oil refinery in New Brunswick

Explosion reported at Irving Oil refinery in New Brunswick

A massive "bed shaking explosion" happened at Canada's largest oil refinery on Monday morning and now police are advising residents to avoid the area.

Litsa Daeres, who lives nearby, says she heard a "loud bang" and felt her whole house shake.

Images posted on social media networks showed intermittent flames and a column of black smoke rising from the refinery, the country's largest with a production capacity of 300,00 barrels of refined products a day.

According to the Irving Oil web site, the refinery produces more than 320,000 barrels of "finished energy products" every day, with more than half going the US northeast.

Irving said on Twitter that the company is "actively assessing the situation" and will share more information when it becomes available.


"We refine a wide range of products for our wholesale and retail markets, including gasoline, diesel, heating oil, jet fuel, propane and asphalt", the website says.

Irving Oil has confirmed that they are responding to a "major incident" at the Saint John, New Brunswick facility.

Fire at Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, N.B. While emergency response crews are on the scene, it is not clear how many units are there. Several streets have been closed down.

The company says officials are assessing the situation, but details are now few.

An explosion shook the city of Saint John, New Brunswick, after a "major incident" at an Irving Oil refinery.

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