Irving Oil refinery explosion shakes Saint John, no reports of serious injuries

New Brunswick city resident Bob McVicar wrote on Facebook that it felt like a "bed-shaking explosion".

The Saint John Emergency Measures Organization said Monday afternoon that the fire is now under control and that four people are being treated for injuries, according to a City of Saint John Twitter post.

We will update as more information becomes available.

Litsa Daeres, who lives nearby, says she heard a "loud bang" and felt her whole house shake.

More than half of that is exported to the United States, with the refinery being one of the most important in terms of importing fuel to the Northeast. Thank you to all first responders who are working in response to this incident.

He added when he walked outside he saw thick black smoke billowing so he hopped in his vehicle to take a closer look.

Saint John resident Michael Steeves says he was driving about a kilometre away when he noticed the fire and thick, black smoke.

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Melanson said he has seen explosions like this on YouTube at oil refineries around the world, but never seen anything like this in Saint John.

"I heard a rumbling, roaring sound", Guimond said.

Irving Oil has confirmed that they are responding to a "major incident" at the Saint John, New Brunswick facility.

He made a decision to drive by the refinery, and said he was nearby when he felt the vibrations of what he assumed must be a second explosion.

"On behalf of all New Brunswickers, our thoughts are with the workers affected and with the community of Saint John", Premier Brian Gallant said in a tweet.

At 4 p.m. local time, residents were still being asked to stay in their homes, and nearby streets remained closed.

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