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UPDATE: Evacuation order stays in place after oil refinery explosion

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UPDATE: Authorities say an evacuation order for people in Superior, Wisconsin will stay in place and be re-evaluated throughout the night.

The Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior exploded Thursday morning. Authorities said the fire was out, but it was later reignited, sending up clouds of thick, black smoke.

Superior Mayor Jim Paine says most of the city has been evacuated, but it's unclear just how many people that is.

Police and Douglas County officials said Thursday night they were allowing people to return to their homes but asking them to wait at least two hours before doing so.

Superior police tweeted an update to that original post late Thursday night.

At least 11 people were hurt, with one those being seriously hurt. No deaths have been reported, and officials say all workers have been accounted for.


UPDATE: According to our sister station KBJR, a ten mile radius south of the oil refinery is being evacuated. Also, a one mile radius around the refinery is being evacuated. 

Among those evacuations include Nemadji Golf Course, Superior YMCA and also Bryant Elementary School.


Multiple people are injured after an explosion at Calumet Oil Refinery in Superior, Wisconsin.
Our sister station KBJR is reporting at least 20 people are injured, according to the Superior Fire Department. 
Duluth Hospitals are preparing to treat victims of the explosion.
Spokespeople for St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth issued the following statement: 

"St. Luke's has set up an incident command center and we are fully prepared to receive patients from the explosion at the refinery in Superior. We will continue to keep you informed as the situation evolves."

KBJR has a news crew on scene and will provide more updates as they are made available. 

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