Photos: Smoke, tension and evacuations follow Superior refinery fire


A large fireball erupts at the Husky Energy refinery.
1 A large fireball erupts during a series of fires and explosions at the Husky Energy refinery. 
Black liquid pours from a ruptured tank as seen from the air Thursday a.m.
2 A black liquid pours from a ruptured tank, seen from the air Thursday morning. 
Two men walk away after capturing images of the smoke plume.
3 The large plumes of black smoke rising from the oil refinery were a magnet for people looking to record the smoke and flames. Two men walk away after capturing images of the smoke plume with their phones. 
Explosions continue into the afternoon from the Husky Energy oil refinery.
4 Explosions continue into the afternoon. 
Superior officer Patrick Deignan talks to Connie Jackson and Gene McGillis.
5 Superior police officer Patrick Deignan (right) talks to Connie Jackson (left) and Gene McGillis (center) about evacuating their homes on Thursday. 
Black smoke rises behind Superior Middle School.
6 Black smoke rises behind Superior Middle School. School officials suspended class at all public schools, and students were sent to the headquarters of Amsoil where parents waited in long lines of vehicles to pick them up. 
The Husky Energy refinery burns as seen from the air Thursday afternoon.
7 The Husky Energy refinery burns as seen from the air Thursday afternoon. 
A group of refinery workers evacuate the area around the site of the fire.
8 A group of refinery workers evacuate the area around the site of the Husky Energy oil refinery. 
Black smoke rises from the site of the Husky Energy oil refinery.
9 Black smoke rises from the site of the Husky Energy oil refinery. 
White smoke rises from the site of the Husky Energy refinery around noon.
10 White smoke rising from the site of the Husky Energy oil refinery Thursday around noon can be seen from the Rose Garden in Duluth, Minn. 
A group of onlookers watch a plume of black smoke billow.
11 Onlookers watch a plume of black smoke billow from the site of the Husky Energy oil refinery. 
Wal-Mart in Superior closed Thursday afternoon.
12 The Wal-Mart in Superior closed Thursday afternoon as smoke from the nearby oil refinery continued to billow. 
Superior police officer Patrick Deignan goes door-to-door.
13 Superior police officer Patrick Deignan goes door-to-door in a neighborhood close to the oil refinery to make sure residents are aware that they needed to evacuate. 
Workers from the Husky Energy oil refinery greet each other evacuating.
14 Workers from the Husky Energy oil refinery greet each other after a series of explosions at the facility forced their evacuation. 
Ulla Gustafsson-Carlson packs her mother-in-law's walker into her car.
15 Ulla Gustafsson-Carlson packs her mother-in-law's walker into the back of her car while evacuating from their home that was just outside of a mile from the refinery. While Gustafsson-Carlson lives just a mile past the facility, she said she learned that things were dangerous when friends from the Dominican Republic called to ask if she was safe and she realized the loud pops she heard earlier in the morning were something serious. 
Black smoke from the refinery fire seen in a neighborhood a mile away.
16 Black smoke from the refinery fire can be seen in a neighborhood a mile away. 
Superior school officials suspended class at all public schools.
17 Black smoke rises over Superior Middle School after the school was closed and students evacuated. 
Sarah Hamil (right) and Terence Dalbec (left) watch black smoke billow.
18 Sarah Hamil (right) and Terence Dalbec (left) watch black smoke billow from the site of the Husky Energy oil refinery. 
A series of explosions were heard at the Husky Energy oil refinery.
19 A series of explosions at the site of the Husky Energy oil refinery resulted in multiple injuries and evacuations for miles around the facility. 
One day after explosions rocked the refinery, rain and snow fall.
20 One day after multiple explosions rocked the Husky Energy oil refinery, rain and snow fall on the facility Friday, April 27, 2018 in Superior, Wisc. 
It was quieter on Friday on East 24th Avenue East in Superior.
21 It was quieter on Friday, April 27, 2018 on East 24th Avenue East in Superior, Wisc., one day after the street was clogged with evacuating refinery workers, emergency vehicles and others trying to escape the Husky Energy oil refinery after explosions and fire rocked the facility. 
Jim Mitchell, onsite coordinator for the EPA, explains air monitoring.
22 Jim Mitchell, onsite coordinator for the Environmental Protection Agency, talks about the air quality monitoring station setup on North 59th Street and Baxter Avenue in Superior, Wisc. The station will monitor the air for volatile compounds that may have been released from the Husky Energy oil refinery fire. 
The EPA set up an air quality monitoring station on N. 59th and Baxter Ave.
23 The Environmental Protection Agency set up an air quality monitoring station on North 59th Street and Baxter Avenue to monitor volatile compounds that may have been released from the Husky Energy oil refinery fire. Jim Mitchell, onsite coordinator with the EPA, said eight stations like this one were setup throughout the city to monitor air quality.