Was there an explosion at the Toledo Refinery in Ohio?

ON January 6, 2022, photos of the Toledo Refinery in Ohio, started circulating on the internet with many wondering if there had been an explosion.

The photos showed fire and a heavy smoke presence while one Twitter user stated that they felt like an "explosion" shook their home.

Was there an explosion at the Toledo Refinery in Ohio?

Reports of a fire started appearing on Twitter around 8pm EST.

"The local refinery is on fire. I might have to vacate the area if it gets worse," one user wrote alongside photos.

"There was even an explosion [that] shook my house," they added.

WTOL later reported that the Oregon, Ohio, Fire Department was on the scene assisting with some sort of incident.

The Toledo Refinery reportedly "experienced a valve release that caused a small fire that was quickly put out," according to ABC's Tony Geftos.

The company went on to add that all employees were accounted for and there were no injuries as a result of the fire.

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The refinery revealed that a small fire broke out but as quickly under control

What is the Toledo Refinery?

Located at 1819 Woodville Rd. in Oregon, Ohio, the Toledo Refinery is known for producing gasoline, ultra-low sulfur diesel, nonene, xylene, tetramer, and toluene.

As part of PBF Energy, they are responsible for producing and distributing these fuels across the United States.

The company was bought out in 2011 by Sunoco for approximately $400million, according to BusinessWire.

“We are focused on operating our remaining refineries in a safe, reliable and environmentally sound manner,” Lynn L. Elsenhans, Sunoco’s former chairman and chief executive officer said at the time.

“As part of our drive to become the premier provider of transportation fuels, we continue to look for opportunities to grow our retail business in and near our Northeast markets. Similarly, we are committed to supporting the growth of our logistics business both inside and outside the historic Sunoco footprint.”

Sunoco is known as the leading transportation fuel provider in the United States and reportedly distributes fuel to more than 7,300 Sunoco-branded gas stations.

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