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Marathon California refinery explosion sparks massive fire

Christian Fernsby |
At least two explosions rocked a California oil refinery yesterday night, sparking a massive fire that was visible for miles, according to reports.

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Cameras aboard the SkyFOX helicopter of FOX 11 Los Angeles showed two explosions and the fire at Marathon Refinery Carson, about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, just north of Long Beach.

The blast lit up the night sky in the city of Carson and sent a large cloud of smoke into the air. The nearby 405 Freeway was temporarily closed to traffic in both directions but was later reopened, the station reported.

There was no immediate information about the cause of the fire, or about injuries.

Crews from the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to the scene and were able to set up a perimeter, FOX 11 Los Angeles, reported.

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