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Ash Is Falling From The Sky In California — On Ash Wednesday

An incident at an oil refinery in Torrance is causing ash to fall from the sky.

Last updated on February 18, 2015, at 12:49 p.m. ET

Posted on February 18, 2015, at 12:49 p.m. ET

Residents of Torrance, California, reported ash falling from the sky on Wednesday after an incident at a nearby oil refinery.

Weird ash like substance falling in Torrance! What's up??

PVReiki@PVReikiFollow

Weird ash like substance falling in Torrance! What's up??

12:17 PM - 18 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

People on social media shared images of the ash falling on their cars, just in time for Ash Wednesday.

My cousin said its raining an ash-like substance #torrance. Local prob?or same thing that happened in WA?@JimCantore

Dana Workman@DanaWorkmanFollow

My cousin said its raining an ash-like substance #torrance. Local prob?or same thing that happened in WA?@JimCantore

12:30 PM - 18 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Other residents reported the ground shaking after hearing an explosion.

@KTLA what happened at the torrance refinery, the gourd shook and we heard an explosion.

Bri@Bri0149Follow

@KTLA what happened at the torrance refinery, the gourd shook and we heard an explosion.

12:23 PM - 18 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

A Torrance Fire Department spokesperson told BuzzFeed News there had been an incident at the Exxon Mobil Refinery, but could not provide further information.

@KTLA torrance is exploding as we speak

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The department posted on Facebook that there had been an "explosion" at the refinery.

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However, Fire Captain Steve Deuel told the Los Angeles Times that refinery workers activated a flare system because of a petroleum product leak.

BREAKING: Explosion at Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance, CA leads to ash fall -- witnesses (via @phelangh8)

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BREAKING: Explosion at Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance, CA leads to ash fall -- witnesses (via @phelangh8)

12:36 PM - 18 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

The system shoots flames into the sky and was described by Deuel as a "safety measure."

BREAKING NEWS: Explosion reported at Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance, CA. (CBSLA)

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BREAKING NEWS: Explosion reported at Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance, CA. (CBSLA)

12:38 PM - 18 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Black smoke from the flare occurs when an insufficient amount of steam is available to help burn the hydrocarbons sent to the flare," according to an Exxon explainer.

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