Nova Scotia

Dartmouth oil flare sparks alarm

A brilliant flash of light at an oil refinery in Dartmouth, N.S., Friday night caused some alarm among locals and those chatting online, but fire officials said it was a routine burnoff.

Apparent fireball part of routine maintenance: officials

A brilliant flash of light at an oil refinery in Dartmouth, N.S., Friday night caused some alarm among locals and those chatting online, but fire officials said it was a routine burn off.

The spectacular flare appeared over the Imperial Oil refinery shortly before midnight and people began sharing images on social media sites. A webcam streamed the incident.

But spokesman Merle MacIssac said it was a routine burn off of excess hydrocarbons. The plant is running as normal, but the flame was bigger than usual.

"Flaring is something that you can see during maintenance work. The major unit continue to operate and you will not see any effect on supply of refined product," MacIssac said.

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