Evacuation order lifted in Superior

posted by Associated Press -

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) - Police say an evacuation order has been lifted in northwestern Wisconsin city after a refinery plant explosion injured at least 11 people and sent billowing plumes of black smoke into the air. Police in Superior say the order was lifted at 6 a.m. Friday. The local mayor says all indications are that the refinery site is safe and stable, and that the air quality is normal. Authorities said late Thursday that the fire at the Husky Energy oil refinery was out.


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SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say a smoky refinery fire that forced many residents of Superior, Wisconsin, to evacuate is out.

Douglas County officials posted an update Thursday evening saying the fire is extinguished but asking residents in the evacuation area to stay away from their homes for at least another two hours.

An explosion rocked the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior on Thursday morning. Authorities earlier said the fire was out, but it later reignited, sending up billowing clouds of thick, black smoke.

Superior Mayor Jim Paine said most of the city was being evacuated.

At least 11 people were hurt. Hospital officials said only one of the injured was seriously hurt, with what was described as a blast injury. No deaths were reported, and officials said all workers had been accounted for.

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