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Torrance, CA -- A refinery explosion has destroyed parts of the Exxon Refinery Plant in California Wednesday morning. The blast will likely drive up gas prices in California.
The blast occurred in a recently installed processing facility. The four-story building was destroyed and four contractors were injured.
Cory Milsap-Harris, 21, was working in the switch house building next door when the blast happened. "Everything was going smooth. Next thing I hear sounded like heavy metal next door. There was a loud bang. You could feel the building shake a little." Despite the layers of hearing protection he wore, the sound of the blast reverburated in his ears. When Milsap-Harris went outside, he saw co-workers running from smoke and flames.
The blast was felt miles away. Brittney Davis, who works a block away said, "The whole building shook. We couldn't figure out what it was, but we stepped outside the door and the flames were shooting up from the refinery. I could feel the heat from the flame."
The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory for the area around the plant and thirteen nearby schools were kept indoors. Exxon Mobil said no harmful emissions were emitted.