Officials are investigating an explosion late Friday at a petroleum refinery in White Lake Township, Michigan, forcing road closures and evacuations.

The incident reportedly occurred near M-59 and Bogie Lake Road.

“Police said vents and canisters that regulate air flow to an underground gas line exploded,” WXYZ reports.

Residents in the area reported feeling their houses shaking.

According to Detroit Free Press, at least two explosions shook the area late Friday night.

“The explosion occurred at about 10:10 p.m. at a refinery in the area of Young and Bogie Lake roads in White Lake Township. People flocked to social media asking about the loud noise, and many from miles away reported feeling the concussion against their house,” Detroit Free Press wrote.

“A second explosion was heard several minutes later, and flames rose high into the sky, well above the tree line, with a large plume of billowing black smoke that could be seen for miles,” the outlet added.

Several social media accounts shared footage of the fire:

Detroit Free Press reports:

The White Lake, Commerce Township, Milford and Highland fire departments were all responding. Bogie Lake Road was closed from M-59 to Biscayne Avenue. “Less than 100” residents near the site of the blast and fire were evacuated, a White Lake Police officer said.

“Heard it in Howell!” Connor Thorpe posted to a Milford area community Facebook page. Others reported hearing the blast as far away as Hartland and Brighton.

“Shook our house!” wrote Kathleen Kros Popoff.

“I thought my kid fell off the bunk bed,” wrote Craig LeBlanc of White Lake.

Laun Dearman, a resident at Cedar Brook Estates in White Lake Township — less than a half-mile from the refinery site as the crow flies — had gone to bed with his wife when they heard the first explosion and thought it was thunder.

A message from their daughter about Facebook posts discussing an explosion in the area took the couple outside, where they saw the billowing smoke and huge flames.

There are no reports of injuries, per WXYZ.


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