Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Known Safety Violations At San Antonio Refinery That Caught Fire

Known Safety Violations At San Antonio Refinery That Caught Fire

Wednesday morning, just a couple of hours after the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama exploded, a San Antonio refinery fire sent a plume of black smoke to the air. The San Antonio refinery fire started when an 18-wheeler truck being loaded with fuel exploded. The San Antonio refinery explosion set off a series of chain-reaction explosions at the refinery that lasted 45 minutes or a lot more.

Fire nevertheless burning in the San Antonio refinery

More than 100 firefighters and emergency responders were at the scene of the San Antonio refinery fire today. Anybody who lives within a half mile of the explosion was evacuated. Private money enders as well as other financers are set to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. Up to 40 miles away the smoke can nevertheless be seen. The fire will probably burn hot and for a long time considering the San Antonio refinery fire is fuel based.

18 wheeler starts San Antonio refinery explosion

The San Antonio refinery explosion all began with an 18 wheeler truck. When the truck exploded, it was in a loading dock being pumped with fuel. The fire is expected to burn for numerous days as this explosion was the first of many within the refinery. Firefighters and hazmat crews were working to shut off the valves that nevertheless pumped fuel following the fire started.

OSHA violations before the San Antonio refinery explosion

Before the San Antonio refinery fire this morning, AGE Refining, Inc., had been cited several times for safety violations. In 2007, the San Antonio refinery was fined for 13 “serious violations”. Apparently the violations are nevertheless “current” says the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. AGE refining, as the only refinery in San Antonio, provides jet fuel and diesel to the US Air Force and many other customers.

Watch many reports on the San Antonio refinery fire


Sources for the article

NPR News


My San Antonio




The Associated Press


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