- Police say an evacuation order has been lifted for a northwest Wisconsin city where a refinery plant explosion injured at least 11 people and sent billowing plumes of black smoke into the air.
The Superior Police Department tweeted that the order had been lifted as of 6 a.m. Friday.
Superior Mayor Jim Paine says all indications are that the refinery site is safe and stable, and that the air quality is normal.
Authorities said late Thursday that the fire at the Husky Energy oil refinery was out, but that the evacuation for local residents remained. Superior has about 27,000 and shares a Lake Superior shipping port with nearby Duluth, Minnesota.
The evacuation order affected a 3 mile radius around the refinery, as well as a 10 mile corridor south of it where the smoke was heading.
Authorities posted an update Thursday night saying the fire at the Husky Energy oil refinery was out.
A blast at the refinery injured at least 11 people, one of them seriously. Authorities say there are no fatalities and all workers are accounted for.
The fire was put out earlier Thursday but it reignited, sending up thick clouds of noxious black smoke that could be seen for miles.
A four-person team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board will investigate the blast. The board makes safety recommendations after serious chemical incidents.
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.
Written By: Newswatch 12 Team