ExxonMobil oil refinery in Montana rocked by explosion

A large explosion occurred at an ExxonMobil oil refinery in Montana on Saturday night, sparking a massive fire at the site, reports said.

The blast happened around 10 p.m. at the refinery in Lockwood, just outside of Billings, the Billings Gazette reported. No injuries have been reported, according to Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder. 

Roads into the refinery have been cordoned off. Sheriff Mike Linder said deputies helped direct traffic away from the refinery, while crews with county Disaster and Emergency Services, Lockwood Fire and the Billings Fire Department were at the scene of the fire.

The ExxonMobile refinery spans 720 acres, and its products include gasoline, diesel, asphalt, butane and propane.

The Billings Fire Department stated it was responding to a “structure fire” on the industrial plant. Witnesses reported listening to a loud growth and seeing smoke and flames rising from the refinery.

The Billings Police Department was evacuating the realm and urging individuals to remain away, according to KURL. The cause of the blast remains under investigation. 




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