SOUTH BAY HISTORY: Fletcher Oil Fire ...

SOUTH BAY HISTORY: Fletcher Oil Fire in Carson

There are 9 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Jul 7, 2010, titled SOUTH BAY HISTORY: Fletcher Oil Fire in Carson. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

Carson. Investigators never could say conclusively what caused the explosion and fire at the Fletcher Oil and Refining Co.

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fed up

Potomac, MD

#1 Jul 8, 2010
I remember this as a kid was a heck of a sight. could see flames and smoke from Lomita, my grand parents lived about 6 blocks away from it.
Laura

United States

#2 Jul 8, 2010
I was almost 8 years old, standing in the front yard of the YWCA near Avalon and Sepulveda when this happened. I still remember the heat on the back of my neck and the fiery mushroom in the sky. Scary.

Since: Apr 10

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Jul 8, 2010
This explosion was NOT caused by an exploding 30,000 gal. tank. It was caused by the rear trailer of a Propane truck and trailer when the dome cover of the trailer started to leak. The driver was unfortunately standing on the trailer tongue between the two tanks (approx. 5000 gal. each) when the leaking propane found a source of ignition which was only a few feet away from where the truck was parked getting ready to depart.

Since this incident, Federal Laws governing the transportation of Flammable Liquids on our highways have be considerably strengthened.

Since: Apr 10

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Jul 8, 2010
Last sentence should have read have "BEEN" considerably strengthened. Sorry.
Johnny W

Enumclaw, WA

#5 Jan 2, 2013
I remember watching it from our rooftop and seeing the lids blow hundreds of feet into the air. Where did the giant lids land, I always wondered. We were near Figueroa and 228th. I always thought it was a truck and two guys smoking, that caused it.
Reen

Makawao, HI

#6 Apr 21, 2013
Johnny W wrote:
I remember watching it from our rooftop and seeing the lids blow hundreds of feet into the air. Where did the giant lids land, I always wondered. We were near Figueroa and 228th. I always thought it was a truck and two guys smoking, that caused it.
I lived in the area when this exploded. I was shaken by the blast. The rumor at the time was a guy smoking caused it.
anthony rock

Fort Worth, TX

#7 Apr 23, 2014
I watched this fire as a kid, the second explosion hit the lid flew off the tank, all i could see was heat waves coming my way and all the people started running, i slipped in some mud and fell, the heat waves passed over me and burned the hell out of me in spots , i was wrapped up like a mummy , 40 years later i still have the scars.
Dennis M

Long Beach, CA

#8 Mar 16, 2017
I remember that day that when Fletcher Oil Refining exploded I watching it from my front yard on 235th St & Frigate Ave, I was 9 Year's old there was 6 or 7 of us out in the front yard playing when we seen the explosion it was a BIG Fire Ball and it lit the whole sky the heat from that Blast was like starting a BBQ I will never forget that day for as long as I live I had an Aunt and Uncle that lived 5 blocks away from Fletcher Oil Refining they just lived right off of Lomita Ave
Meguell

Portland, OR

#9 Feb 9, 2018
Me and my friend were outside my front yard when we heard the first explosion. Seeing the fireball and smoke we climbed onto my roof for a better view. When the second explosion occurred the heat wave was so intense we had to turn away. My house was right across the street from Dolores Street Gradeschool at 223rd and Catskill Ave which is several miles away from the refinery.

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