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Explosion at BP refinery in Ind.

WHITING, Ind. — A fire broke out after an explosion at a BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana, which rattled nearby homes.

BP America spokesman Scott Dean said early Thursday that the refinery, which is just east of Chicago, had ‘‘an operational incident’’ on a process unit about 9 p.m. Wednesday. He said in a statement that the plant’s in-house fire department responded, and the fire was out by 10:55 p.m.

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Dean said refinery operations were ‘‘minimally’’ affected and that one employee was taken to a hospital as a precaution, but was later released.

A Whiting Fire Department spokesman said the explosion could be heard clearly several blocks from the plant.

The Chicago Sun-Times said Wednesday was the anniversary of a 1955 explosion in Whiting that killed two people.

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