Casualties in WI Oil Refinery Explosion

Winsconsin explosion: 'SONIC BOOM' blast leaves DOZENS injured

The refinery had been fined by federal officials several years ago under its previous owners.

People outside the scene, including the media, are being moved back. Superior Mayor Jim Paine said he was at fire headquarters and reported almost all of the injured are accounted for and transported from the scene.

Many of Superiors main roads were clogged with traffic at early afternoon as residents tried to move away from the smoke plume.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

The explosion took place just after 10 a.m.at the refinery across the Lake Superior harbor from Duluth.

Essentia Health spokeswoman Maureen Talarico said one of the 10 patients at Essentia facilities had a serious blast injury; the other nine had injuries that were not life-threatening.

As of 11:30 a.m., multiple agencies were on the scene. The product involved in the explosion and fire is believed to be crude oil or asphalt.

The Superior Police Department described the situation as an "evolving scene" in a news release.

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Plumbers and Steam Fitters Local 11 confirmed the plant was shut down for maintenance, and they had workers on scene working for two contractors on scene. Authorities have said there are no known fatalities.

Emergency crews have come as far away as Two Harbors, Cloquet, and Iron River.

Nearby businesses also were evacuating, including Superior Water, Light and Power and the Superior Family YMCA, gas stations and grocery stores.

KDLH, citing the Superior Fire Department, reported that at least 20 people are injured.

Douglas County Emergency Management is asking residents who live within 10 miles south of the refinery, 2 miles to the north and 3 miles to the east or west of the refinery, to evacuate as thick black smoke continues to billow into the air.

Multiple crews were called in to assist in the response.

CBS3 Duluth reports neighbors in the area reported on Facebook that the explosion shook their homes. There are injuries, which are being treated at hospital and on site.

At least 20 people were injured when an explosion rocked a northern Wisconsin refinery Thursday morning. We will be keeping all students in the buildings."An employee from the Superior Bank of Commerce said they could feel some sort of explosion".

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