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Calumet Specialty investigating cause of Louisiana explosion

February 8, 2010

Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP is investigating the cause of a Friday blast at its refinery in Shreveport, La., that damaged some nearby properties.

“It was a loud boom that broke windows on some nearby properties,” Liz Swaine, a spokeswoman for the refiner said. Workers began replacing broken glass Saturday and should be finished Monday, she said. “Anyone who calls in, we’ll send out a crew to assess and repair any damage.”

The company shut down the plant’s Belco unit, which scrubs pollutants from residual gases. The plant produces base and process oils, according to Calumet’s Web site.

There were no injuries and no residual fires related to the flash of fuel, which occurred at about 5:40 p.m. local time, she said. Calumet is also trying to determine whether it can use different environmental controls to maintain production at the refinery.

“We’re not sure yet of the longer-term picture,” she said.

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