An explosion and fire ripped through a gasoline processing unit at an Exxon Mobil refinery near Los Angeles, slightly injuring four workers. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
An explosion and fire ripped through a gasoline processing unit at an Exxon Mobil refinery near Los Angeles Wednesday. Four workers sustained minor injuries. A small ground fire following the explosion was quickly extinguished. A gasoline leak caused by the blast was also contained. For Jason Hernandez it was frightening. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JASON HERNANDEZ, REFINERY WORKER, SAYING: "I felt the explosion really really really hard through my body, and it scared me, I got scared and, I'm not going to lie, the first thing that I thought of was 'let's go meet up with our team and figure out what's going on.' Seeing smoke going through the air, and we had to get to an evacuation point, everything was planned, well executed, everybody met where they were supposed to meet, nobody got hurt, thank god." Cory Milsap describes the panic after the blast. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CORY MILSAP, REFINERY WORKER, SAYING: " All I saw was smoke and people running, and I just made sure I got out of there and my crew got out safe." Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the blast. Authorities say there is no evidence of foul play.