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Flames, black smoke seen in Long Beach area is refinery burnoff

Valero LP

A black plume of smoke and tall flame visible around Long Beach and San Pedro is a controlled burnoff by the Valero refinery in Wilmington, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Burnoffs are common at refineries, though this one was seen over a large area.

"No emergency. LAFD not needed," the fire department said in Twitter.

Here are some images aggregated from social media:

Fire at one of the chemical plants, smoke wafting over Long Beach pic.twitter.com/LW9yhslmq7

— SASSY (@sassydays) July 14, 2013

What is going on Long Beach? Is this pollution normal @RobertGarciaLB? I have never seen it before. pic.twitter.com/sW34ruSkIP

— Brittany Sage (@2littlebirds) July 14, 2013

 

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