Another ‘Unplanned Flaring’ at Torrance Refinery After Transformer Failure

Another large flame of burning gas burst over a refinery in Torrance on Monday morning, just hours after authorities resolved a similar unplanned flaring incident.

The Torrance refinery experienced another "unplanned flaring" on Sept. 19, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The Torrance refinery experienced another "unplanned flaring" on Sept. 19, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

This time, the flaring at the former Exxon Mobil refinery was caused by an offsite transformer failure, briefly prompting the closure of Del Amo Boulevard between Maple Avenune and Crenshaw Boulevard, according to the Torrance Police Department. Authorities don’t know how long the flaring will continue at the refinery, which was sold this summer to PBF Energy.

Residents reported hearing loud boom sounds just after 3:30 a.m. and there were intermittent power outages.

The latest flaring event comes hours after an electrical issue prompted a similar flame at 7:12 a.m. Sunday at the refinery. The flame rupture is caused when the plant sends hydrocarbon products to the flare to stabilize its systems. The action triggers a large flame over the plant’s metal smoke stacks.

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