19 Dead Following Explosion At Venezuela's Largest Oil Refinery


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A refinery in Amuay, Venezuela exploded early Saturday morning, killing at least 19 and injuring 53 others, the Associated Press reports.The victims include a 10-year-old boy. Parts of the town were evacuated, according to Falcon State Governor Stella Lugo.

“The areas that had to be evacuated were evacuated,” Lugo said, according to the state-run Venezuelan News Agency. “The situation is controlled. Of course they’re still a fire rising very high, but … the specialists tell me there is no risk of another explosion.”

The blast at the Paraguaná Refinery Complex, Venezuela’s biggest and world’s second largest oil refinery, is located in a small fishing village off the Caribbean sea. 

The refinery processes more than 900,000 barrels of crude and 200,000 barrels of gasoline each day. 

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