Thick black smoke can be seen for miles in the Bismarck-Mandan area.
KX has confirmed that the smoke is coming from the Tesoro Refinery in Mandan.
According to Ron Day, Director of Public Affairs — it’s just heavy flaring.
He also says there is a power outage at the plant, which is triggering those stacks to flare more that normal.
He says this almost never happens. and there is no immediate concern to people living in the area. ALl workers have been evacuated from the refinery.
We do have conflicting reports about this incident. Sources close to the plant say there were two explosions in the power station inside of Tesora within 15 minutes.
Tesoro says although this is out of the ordinary, it looks worse than it is and no one is in danger.
We talked to Metro Ambulance service and they said they have not had to respond.