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Explosion and fire in Crockett, Ca. oil refinery

Christian Fernsby |
A couple of 8,000-gallon tanks holding diesel fuel exploded Tuesday afternoon at the NuStar refinery in Crockett, shaking the areas of Rodeo, Hercules, and Pinole and sending thick, toxic black smoke into the air.

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Dual explosions occurred around 2 p.m., as KPIX reports, and in aerial footage two of the tanks appear to have "collapsed." A tanker driver at the site tells the station she had just arrived and filled out some paperwork when she heard a loud "rumbling" and saw "a bunch of people running." She then drove her truck off the property and "I got to the top of the Cummings Skyway and I could see the tops of two tanks completely engulfed in flames."

The trucker, named Michelle, explains that the tanks don't contain oil or gasoline, but renewable diesel.

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