The Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, erupted in an explosion that shook the neighboring areas on Thursday, April 26. Officials are not yet sure what caused the horrific accident, but they are investigating.
According to the Superior Fire Chief, Steve Panger, initial reports state that there have been at least 20 casualties taken to nearby hospitals. There have since been conflicting reports that state between six and 20 people have been transported to nearby hospitals with zero casualties.
The Superior Police Chief, Nick Alexander, stated that the police force is currently on scene responding to the explosion, and assisting the fire department. They are helping to keep bystanders back and out of harm’s way so that the fire department can focus on getting the fire under control.
At this time, students in Superior are not being released from school as the Superior School District does not believe their students or buildings to be in a threatened zone. However, students will be kept inside, away from any toxic fumes or smoke.
The Douglas County Emergency Management services have ordered an evacuation order based on the current wind patterns. It has been ordered for everyone within two miles to the north, three miles to the east and west, and ten miles to the south.
Please pray for all who are affected by this horrible tragedy, and for their families as well. There is no knowing the true extent of the casualties and injured at this time.
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