Damage to the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance is seen from Crenshaw Boulevard. Photo by John Schreiber.
A small flare is seen at the Torrance refinery in this file photo by John Schreiber.

Authorities Sunday were trying to figure out why there was another potentially significant pollution event with an “unplanned flaring” of a large flame of burning gas bursting over the Torrance Refining Company plant.

Last week, the South Coast Air Quality Management District reported that the Torrance facility was responsible for releasing more pollution into the air through unplanned flaring than the six other oil refineries in Southern California combined.

This most recent spectacular unexpected gas flame burst happened Saturday between 1:04 p.m. and 1:34 p.m. at the plant at 3700 W. 190th Street, according to the Torrance Police Department.

There was no off-site impact, police said, although they may have not been referring to impacts from air pollution. The Torrance Fire Department was monitoring the area.

No other details were yet available.

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—City News Service

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