Holly Corporation Tulsa Refinery Explosion
Explosion in USA on Thursday, 02 August, 2012 at 10:44 (10:44 AM) UTC.
Base dataEDIS Number:EX-20120802-36028-USAEvent type:ExplosionDate/Time:Thursday, 02 August, 2012 at 10:44 (10:44 AM) UTCLast update:—Cause of event: Damage level:Moderate
A blaze broke out early Thursday after an explosion at an Oklahoma oil refinery, authorities reported. A Tulsa Police Department spokesperson confirmed to NBC News that it was notified about the fire at the HollyFrontier refinery in west Tulsa at 2:21 a.m. local time (3:21 a.m. ET). The refinery has its own fire department, which was battling the blaze, and local authorities were on standby in case they were needed, the spokesperson said. The fire appeared under control and was being allowed to burn out. The explosion and subsequent blaze caused one smokestack to collapse. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. The local and corporate offices of the Dallas-based HollyFrontier Corp. could not immediately be reached. An employee who answered the telephone at the Tulsa refinery declined to comment. The flames reached several stories into the air immediately following the explosion but had since died down, according to a KJRH reporter on the scene. The glow from the fire could be seen from several miles away. No injuries have been reported. The local residents stood outside their homes and watched the flames rise into the air. A witness named only as Cody said that he and his mother were “freaking out” over the blaze.