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Multiple people injured after explosion at oil refinery in SuperiorSubmitted: 04/26/2018
SUPERIOR - An explosion with multiple injuries was reported at the Calumet Oil Refinery in Superior Thursday morning, according to the Superior Fire Department.

Smoke was seen billowing from the refinery just after 10 a.m. 

Multiple crews were called in to assist in the response.

Neighbors on Facebook reported the explosion shook their homes.

Check back for updates. 




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