Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Black smoke from refinery is non-emergency, officials say


Black smoke billowing into the sky in the Wilmington area Saturday afternoon was the result of a non-emergency flaring operation at the Conoco Phillips Refinery and did not require a response from fire personnel, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

The smoke could be seen throughout the area, prompting calls from concerned residents.

Betsy Brien, a spokeswoman for Phillips 66, which operates the refinery, said the plant "had a complete loss of power" and the refinery had been shut down.

Brien said the smoke was the result of "some product left in the line," adding that there was “nothing to worry about.”

Long Beach resident Deborah Schoch, a former Times staff writer, was one of those who saw the smoke.

"People on the beach here have been speculating that it's a ship or oil tank," she wrote in an email. 


Rustic Canyon fire grows to more than 30 acres

Fireworks debris at Hollywood Bowl caused minor injuries

Sweltering heat expected Saturday across Southern California

-- Ann M. Simmons

Photo: Smoke billows from the Conoco Phillips Refinery in Wilmington. Credit: Eddy W. Hartenstein /  Los Angeles Times

Comments () | Archives (0)


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: