According to USA Today, six refinery workers were injured in a powerful explosion at the Marathon Petroleum refinery in Garyville, Louisiana.

The large explosion was heard miles away. One local resident stated, “I felt it, I had no idea what it was. I thought maybe some sort of train incident.” Video posted on social media showed a large fire at the petroleum refinery.

Marathon Petroleum confirmed there was a fire at its Garyville, Louisiana refinery at approximately 9:30 a.m.  A company spokesperson issued a news release indicating six contract workers sustained minor injuries. Three of the injured workers were treated on-site and three were sent to a local healthcare facility.

According to the company’s website, the facility has a crude oil refining capacity of 578,000 barrels per day. A 2009 major expansion project increased Garyville’s crude oil refining capacity, making it one of the largest refineries in the USA.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

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