Explosion reported at Irving Oil refinery in Saint John

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Several people were injured in a blast that hit on Monday an oil refinery in the City of Saint John located in the eastern Canadian province of New Brunswick, plant's owner Irving Oil said.

Irving Oil confirmed on Twitter that a "major incident has occurred at our Saint John refinery this morning".

We will update as more information becomes available.

Fire crews have been called to the scene as pictures on social media show huge flames and plumes of smoke.

Mr Beebe said: "We felt the entire building move as if it wobbled".

Residents described feeling an explosion shortly after 10 a.m.

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'We're sitting here and watching it burn right now, ' he said. Residents that live near the refinery reported that they felt their houses shaking; not like an quake, but as if "a truck had driven into the house", resident Heather Adams told The Globe and Mail.

Irving Oil exports more than half of that to the United States, and the refinery is a critical source of fuel for the Northeast energy market, CNBC reported.

Saint John police are responding as are fire officials. Please avoid the area. Several streets have been closed down.

Residents near the crude oil processing plant have reported hearing loud explosion coming from the 780 acre site.

George Murphy of the Consumer Group for Fair Gas Prices says it's too early to say if the Irving Oil situation unfolding in New Brunswick will have any impact on prices.

This is a breaking story.

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