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Marathon Refinery Explosion: Detroit Refinery Hazmat Level 3 Event Prompts Evacuation [PHOTO] [REPORT]

By Staff Reporter on April 27, 2013 8:09 PM EDT 0

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Marathon Detroit Refinery explosion occurred Saturday evening. (Photo: Instagram / neavling)

The Marathon Detroit Refinery has suffered a violent explosion on Saturday, causing a mandatory evacuation order for the area at the border of Melvindale and Detroit.

Reports of an intense fire were reported as early as 6 p.m. While the incident is still under an ongoing investigation, preliminary evidence indicates a tanker on the property may have exploded. According to the News Herald, no representative of Marathon Oil was available to comment on the shocking incident.

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The News Herald also reports that the evacuation order concerns all city residents living east of wall street, including areas from Dix-Toledo to the Outer Drive.

Moment after the incident, a local tipster informed Detroit newsradio WWJ of the situation:

"Police have blocked Fort Street off by I-75 south ... oh my goodness ... there's an ambulance out here, a fireman standing outside, you know, it doesn't look like they are trying to get close. They are not trying to go in there"

First responders including a HazMat team has been dispatched from the Detroit Fire Department and is on the scene. According to Twitter user Steve Neavling, the critical Marathon refinery explosion is considered a Hazmat level 3 event.


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