04.26.18: Superior, WI – Around 10:00am, an explosion and resulting fire engulfed Husky Energy oil refinery sending local residents to hospitals and forcing a mandatory evacuation of the surrounding area.  

Husky Oil Refinery Explosions – What Happened?

A series of explosions at the Husky Energy oil refinery in Wisconsin set off a plume of oily black smoke from burning asphalt, spreading for miles and lasting for hours.  At least 20 individuals were treated at local hospitals and officials ordered a mandatory evacuation of more than 70 square miles surrounding the refinery, including three schools and a hospital.  Eyewitness accounts reported a sonic-like boom and a shower of debris following the explosions. Some of those injured were employees; roughly 180 people are employed at the refinery which supplies gasoline, asphalt, and other petroleum products.  The refinery was scheduled to shut down in four days – on Monday April 30th – as part of a routine, five-year maintenance cycle.

The refinery was previously fined over safety concerns that were highlighted by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In 2015, OSHA fined the refinery $21,000 over emergency response and flammable and combustible liquids violations.  Zimmerman Reed represents residents in a lawsuit seeking to recover damages including evacuation-related expenses, lost wages, disruption and inconvenience, and interference with property rights.

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