Explosion at BP refinery, no injuries reported

August 28, 2014

The Associated Press

(Photo courtesy of the Post-Tribune)
File: The BP Whiting Refinery in Whiting, Indiana

Updated Aug. 28, 7:47 a.m.

WHITING, Ind. — A fire broke out after an explosion at a BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana, which rattled nearby homes.

BP America spokesman Scott Dean said early Thursday that the refinery, which is just east of Chicago, had "an operational incident" on a process unit about 9 p.m. He said in a statement that the plant's in-house fire department responded, and the fire was out by 10:55 p.m.

Dean said refinery operations were "minimally" affected and that one employee was taken to a hospital as a precaution, but was later released.

A Whiting Fire Department spokesman said the explosion could be heard clearly several blocks from the plant.

The Chicago Sun-Times said Wednesday was the anniversary of a 1955 explosion in Whiting that killed two people.