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'Malfunction' Sends Flame, Smoke Skyward

The flare-up was not planned, according to a notification sent to AQMD.

A "malfunction" at the Chevron Refinery in El Segundo required a flare-up Tuesday, said Manhattan Beach Fire Department Battalion Chief Ken Shuck.

Flame and plumes of smoke were visible in the surrounding areas until about 3:10 p.m. when the flare-up stopped. 

Shuck said the flare-up was "not planned" and that "something broke."

MBFD was notified before Chevron began the flare-up, he said. "They called dispatch. They did exactly what they're supposed to do," he said.

An "Unplanned Flare Event Notification Received by South Coast Air Quality Management District" indicated the flare-up would last from 1:25 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.

Chevron had not returned Patch calls as of publication time. An AQMD spokesperson said the agency would look into the flare-up and report back.

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Kathy Sena January 08, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Thanks, Liz, for always keeping us so well informed!
Eric Hartman January 09, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Liz, I called the MBPD dispatch and asked them if they had a report of a fire at the first sign of the fire from the Chevron refinrey and they told me the had no fires that they were fighting in any local cities and nothing to report for Chevron as far as " a burn off' were happening that they knew of. I don't think the right hand knows what the left hand is doing! Thanks Eric
Melissa Bailey January 09, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Liz, please continue to keep us informed of these incidents. Also, for anyone ever smelling any fumes/pollution, please report it to AQMD at 1(800) 288-7664. They tell me there is no way they can make sure Chevron is in compliance with our air quality laws without reports from us as citizens.
Bob Atkins January 09, 2013 at 06:45 PM
OMG! Run for cover - the world is going to end!
Denise X. Lavell January 09, 2013 at 07:08 PM
I saw it and figured that it WAS planned. Thanks for the photo, I tried taking one but was driving and it did not turn out well .... just being honest!!
M, Bormann January 10, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Who cares?

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