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USA: Flaring at Valero refinery results in evacuation of workers from Benicia's industrial park01:20

USA: Flaring at Valero refinery results in evacuation of workers from Benicia's industrial park

United States, Benicia
May 6, 2017 at 00:15 GMT -00:00 · Published

Flaring at Valero refinery in the Californian town of Benicia prompted an immediate evacuation on Friday, of workers in the industrial park where the refinery is located.

Footage from the incident shows a thick cloud of black smoke billowing from one of the refinery's chimneys.

Christie Francisco, who works near the refinery, said "we've been more or less sitting around, waiting for the orders to be lifted, because they said they didn't want to let anybody in until the black smoke had cleared from the stack."

The flaring was reportedly caused by a power outage.

USA: Flaring at Valero refinery results in evacuation of workers from Benicia's industrial park01:20
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Flaring at Valero refinery in the Californian town of Benicia prompted an immediate evacuation on Friday, of workers in the industrial park where the refinery is located.

Footage from the incident shows a thick cloud of black smoke billowing from one of the refinery's chimneys.

Christie Francisco, who works near the refinery, said "we've been more or less sitting around, waiting for the orders to be lifted, because they said they didn't want to let anybody in until the black smoke had cleared from the stack."

The flaring was reportedly caused by a power outage.

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