The auditorium at Torrance City Hall was nearly full Thursday night as several state senators heard testimony related to a Feb. 18 explosion at a nearby oil refinery.
A local resident described her husband entering their house, three miles from Exxon Mobil Corp.’s plant in Torrance, covered in white ash after the blast. A representative of the fire department said the ash fell like snow as far as Redondo Beach.
Dave Campbell, secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 675, said union members were angered by the incident, which left four contractors with minor injuries.
“They don’t like that they might get killed,” he said.
The State Senate’s Energy, Utility...