Flames and noise from Chevron Refinery in El Segundo are the result of a "controlled release," according to a person who answered the company's 24-hour community hotline Monday night. She explained that work was being done.
The flames were visible before the sun set and still going strong by 9:25 p.m. A loud hissing/spraying sound could be heard at least two blocks from the plant, which borders Manhattan Beach at Rosecrans Avenue.
Said a resident on Pacific Avenue, "I've lived here 20 years and I still haven't gotten used to it [the noise and flames from such a safety release]."
A Manhattan Beach firefighter said they had not received any calls about the release though they had noticed it.