Michigan Refinery Explosion

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January 22nd, 2024

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An explosion occurred at Michigan’s White Lake Township refinery on Friday, November 24th, around 10:00 p.m. The blast was so powerful that it shook homes from miles away. A second explosion happened several minutes later at the crude oil recovery plant, owned by Hound Resources at Young and Bogie Lake. Some residents did not know what had occurred and feared the worst. Firefighters from surrounding counties helped put out the blaze. Within hours, the extensive fire was successfully put out. Around thirty-five residences in White Lake required evacuation, and local roads were closed off.

Michigan refinery explosion
Dark smoke and towering flames filled the air after the crude oil refinery plant explosion.

The Oakland County Hazardous Materials Response Team tested the air and water quality. The White Lake police officials are looking into the cause of the incident and continue to investigate. The company is also working with EAGLE (Environmental and Great Lakes Energy) to determine the cause. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

Michigan refinery explosion
The remains of the White Lake Refinery in Michigan.

Experienced engineers with Risk Logic can conduct thorough property loss control surveys to evaluate fire risks and other property exposures. They can provide valuable property loss prevention inspections to help prevent or control a potential loss at your facility. Please review the information in our article regarding flammable liquid storage, handling, and recommended electrical equipment/safeguards. Contact Risk Logic regarding conducting a property loss prevention survey at your company.

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