Local News

News > Local News > Explosion And Fire At BP Refinery

Explosion And Fire At BP Refinery

A process unit on the north end of the BP Refinery in Whiting exploded and caught fire Wednesday night.

BP spokesman Scott Dean says the refinery's own fire department responded and put out the fire about two hours after it broke out.  

One employee was taken to a local hospital as a precaution but was later released.  Whiting fire officials said BP notified the department the fire ignited after a compressor in one of the refinery's units blew up. 

The blast was heard as far away as Highland and Griffith. 

Wednesday's explosion came on the 59th anniversary of a blast at the refinery that rained debris down on the city, killing a 3-year-old boy as he slept and causing fires at the refinery that burned for eight days.

Local News

The Indianapolis City-County Council will be taking up a resolution on Monday that would formally state its...
106 Hoosier students are competing at IUPUI today to represent Indiana at the National Geographic Bee. Students...
A distinct honor for a former Indiana governor. Fortune Magazine has put Purdue University President Mitch Daniels...
An Indianapolis minister says it's time for the entire state of Indiana to get serious about urban violence. Rev...
February unemployment numbers are out for Indiana. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development reports that...