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Four injured by large blast at Torrance refinery
Four injured by large blast at Torrance refinery

A large explosion Wednesday at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance sent flames into the air, injuring four and leaving residents with a stark reminder of the dangers that come with living in the South Bay's refinery zone. The blast occurred about 8:50 a.m., rattling residents, shattering some windows and forcing students at 14 nearby schools to remain indoors. Seismologists said the power of the blast was the equivalent of a magnitude 1.4 earthquake. It sent an ash-like substance into nearby neighborhoods. When firefighters arrived at the refinery, Torrance Fire Capt. Steve Deuel said, they found flames probably fueled by gasoline. Once the fire was extinguished, damage was...