Major explosion rips through Richmond-area refinery

An explosion blew up petroleum storage tanks at NuStar refinery Tuesday, sending flames and smoke high into the air above the East Bay towns of Crockett and Rodeo and closing a portion of nearby Interstate 80.

There were no injuries reported, but Contra Costa County health officials warned of a “hazardous materials situation” at the NuStar facility in Rodeo. Residents near the facility and upwind in the Crockett area were advised to stay inside and close their windows. Interstate 80 was closed…


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