Oil Refinery Explodes in California, Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

By Adam Clark Estes on at

It's raining down ash in Southern California, after an Exxon Mobil oil refinery exploded. The blast nearly levelled a processing unit and left four contractors with minor injuries. The local fire service says gasoline is to blame. Meanwhile, the aftermath looks like a scene from Blade Runner.

The scene does not look peaceful, but it could've been much worse. Local news reports that the blast triggered "earthquake-like shaking" as well as a massive smoke stack flare. (That's the Blade Runner-inspired image you see above.) It's a miracle more people weren't hurt. [KTLA]

Oil Refinery Explodes in California, Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

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Oil Refinery Explodes in California, Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

Image via KTLA-TV news video

Oil Refinery Explodes in California, Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

Image via KTLA-TV news video

Oil Refinery Explodes in California, Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

Image via KTLA-TV news video

Oil Refinery Explodes in California, Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

Image via KTLA-TV news video

Oil Refinery Explodes in California, Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

Image via AP

Oil Refinery Explodes in California, Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

Image via AP

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