Breaking News: 18-wheeler explodes at San Antonio refinery
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From AP (Source):
Fuel-laden truck explodes at San Antonio refinery
SAN ANTONIO — An 18-wheeler truck being loaded with fuel at a San Antonio refinery has exploded, setting off a chain reaction of smaller blasts and leaving some workers hurt.
A giant plume of black smoke could be seen over San Antonio's southeast side after Wednesday morning's blast at the AGE Refining Inc. facility.
Fire department spokeswoman Deborah Foster says authorities are trying to account for all 100 employees and that some workers are being treated at the scene. No numbers were immediately provided.
Foster says authorities are evacuating residents from their homes within a one-mile radius.
Update: Refinery Explosion forces Evacuation
From CNN - via Kens5 (Source):
A major fire broke out Wednesday near downtown San Antonio, Texas, after several explosions rocked a local oil refinery, according to the San Antonio police and fire departments.
Local authorities ordered an evacuation of individuals within one mile of the explosion, San Antonio Fire Department spokeswoman Deborah Foster said. Multiple injuries were reported, including one serious injury.
There were 100 employees at the refinery at the time of the explosion, Foster added. Firefighters were battling heavy smoke conditions, she said. Large black plumes of smoke could be seen above the city, CNN affiliate KENS reported.
San Antonio's AGE Refinery - the site of the explosions - helps manufacture specialized petroleum products, including jet fuel and diesel, KENS noted.