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Investigation continues into explosion at Great Falls refinery

Posted at 12:18 PM, Mar 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-09 14:20:58-05

GREAT FALLS – One day after an explosion at the Calumet refinery in Great Falls, workers returned to their jobs business as usual.

A spokesperson with Calumet Montana Refining told MTN News the company will continue its investigation to determine a cause and access damage.

At this time, the impact on the plant is limited and there are no major interruptions in operations, according to Calumet.

They added Calumet remains committed to safe and environmentally sound operations.

No one was injured during Thursday’s explosion, which prompted evacuations and road closures.

Emergency crews were called to the refinery along 10th Street and Smelter Avenue at around 1:15 p.m. Thursday.

Responders worked for about three hours to put out two fires following the explosion.