Explosion at Superior, Wisconsin oil refinery, multiple injuries

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Almost a dozen people are reported injured and a large area is being asked to evacuate after a powerful explosion at the Husky Refinery in Superior, Wis. Thursday. Another five are being treated at St. Mary's Hospital in Superior, Talarico said. One of the patients had "serious blast injuries" and the rest had non-life threatening injuries.

Talarico says another five are being treated at St. Mary's Hospital in Superior, Wisconsin, where the explosion happened.

Husky purchased the refinery from Calumet Specialty Products Partners in a $435 million deal previous year, BNO News reports.

Along with the refinery, Husky took control of two asphalt terminals and two product terminals, a marine terminal, 3.6 million barrels in storage and a marketing business.

Jauch said officials were requesting an emergency crew from Iron River 30 miles away.

The refinery's most recent Risk Management Plan was submitted in 2012 and states: "In the unlikely event of a catastrophic release, the refinery, working in conjunction with local emergency management staff, is well prepared to respond and mitigate adverse consequences to the community or the environment".

Regulatory authorities have been notified. The Superior Fire Department sent all three engine companies to the explosion, and nearby Duluth sent over a command vehicle.

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The Superior refinery processes light and heavy crude oil from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota and western Canada into fuel products and asphalt. Multiple agencies have responded. There are reports of casualties.

The area was said to be contained and controlled after an explosion at Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior, Wis.

"We'll have more information as it becomes available", he said.

SUPERIOR, Wis. (WEAU) -The Superior Fire Department is now responding to an explosion at the Calumet Oil Refinery in Superior.

KBJR 6 reported there have been at least seven explosions coming from the refinery.

Fire reported to be out. Others were walking wounded. Product is believe to be crude or asphalt.

Mathews said most or all of his fellow contractors were on break, in blast-proof shelters at the scene, when the explosion occurred.

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