Oil Refinery Explodes In California, Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

Oil Refinery Explodes In California, Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

It’s raining down ash in Southern California, after an Exxon Mobil oil refinery exploded. The blast nearly leveled a processing unit and left four contractors with minor injuries. The local Torrance Fire Department says gasoline is to blame. Meanwhile, the aftermath looks like a scene from Blade Runner.

Picture: via KTLA-TV news video

The scene does not look peaceful, but it could have been much worse. Local news reports that the blast triggered “earthquake-like shaking” as well as a massive smoke stack flare. (That’s the Blade Runner-inspired image you see above.) It’s a miracle more people weren’t hurt. [KTLA

Oil Refinery Explodes in California, Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

Picture: via KTLA-TV news video

Oil Refinery Explodes in California, Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

Picture: via KTLA-TV news video

Oil Refinery Explodes in California, Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

Picture: via KTLA-TV news video

Oil Refinery Explodes in California, Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

Picture: via KTLA-TV news video

Oil Refinery Explodes in California, Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

Picture: via KTLA-TV news video

Oil Refinery Explodes in California, Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

Picture: AP

Oil Refinery Explodes in California, Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

Picture: AP