Many of us have been enjoying the long weekend by eating delicious food, spending time with our loved ones, and getting outside in the crisp fall weather. Meanwhile, some Canadians woke up on Thanksgiving Monday to a scary sight.
In Saint John, New Brunswick an oil refinery has experienced a major explosion that created a giant fire. It's creating such large billows of smoke that it can be seen far and wide in the city of over 60,000 people.
We can confirm that a major incident has occurred at our Saint John refinery this morning. We are actively assessing the situation at this time and will share more information when available.— Irving Oil (@irvingoil) October 8, 2018
Both police and fire officials have been called to Irving Oil as many photos and videos of the fire are circulating on social media. Black smoke is coming off of the fire as the oil is burning still but the situation is being assessed to further be dealt with.
Explosion at the refinery shook the whole house. Russ told me to come look pic.twitter.com/Sk7mCtXIee— kels🦊 (@KelseyMVautour) October 8, 2018
The fire is being attacked from all sides. An ambulance with sirens just left the main refinery entrance on Loch Lomond Rd. Traffic blocked in all directions. pic.twitter.com/MUsm4cJjKo— Julia Wright (@thewrightpage) October 8, 2018
The following streets are closed: Loch Lomond at Commerce, Grandview at Champlain, Grandview at Bayside, and Loch Lomond at Macdonald.— Saint John Police (@saintjohnpolice) October 8, 2018
While there has still been no word on reported injuries, Police have shut down many streets in the city to deal with the exceptionally dangerous situation.
Multiple people have commented on social media, as well as speaking to CBC, that the explosion could be felt in homes across the city. Kelsey Vatour posted on Twitter that the "explosion shook the whole house."
My home town Saint John New Brunswick Canada. Had a teeny explosion. At the oil refinery. So praying for my home town pic.twitter.com/2Yo946zS3u— Love my fave actor @CameronDallas❤️❤️ (@AshleylovesC) October 8, 2018
As tragic as it is to wake up to a massive fire on Thanksgiving morning, all we can hope is that the experts can deal with this situation quickly and safely before anyone gets hurt.