Torrance ExxonMobil Refinery Rocked by Large Explosion; Nearby Residents Report Earthquake-Like Shaking

The Torrance Fire Department was responding Wednesday morning after a “large explosion” was reported at the ExxonMobil Refinery.
The Torrance Fire Department responded to an explosion at the ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery on Feb. 18, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

The Torrance Fire Department responded to an explosion at the ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery on Feb. 18, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

The refinery “experienced an incident that occurred at approximately 8:50 a.m.,” ExxonMobil Spokesperson Gesuina Paras told KTLA in an emailed statement.

While Paras did not elaborate on the nature of the incident, residents had reported hearing an explosion coming from the plant and feeling the ground shake, Torrance fire Capt. Steve Deuel said.

Several KTLA viewers described the shaking as feeling like an earthquake-type motion.

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