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Fire strikes BP refinery in Texas
Wed 31 March, 2004 07:34
By Erwin Seba
HOUSTON (Reuters) - An explosion and fire have rocked a BP oil refinery in Texas, the third-largest in the United States, driving gasoline prices to an all-time high and unnerving currency markets worried about security threats.
BP said on Thursday there was no sign of "any outside influence" in the blast and fire, which came days after the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Texas oil refiners of possible terror attacks ahead of elections in November.
The cause of the fire, which began with an explosion in the gasoline-producing unit at the 447,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery in Texas City, Texas, was not known, but it did not appear to have been started intentionally, BP said.
"We have no indication of any outside influence on the incident," said company spokeswoman Annie Smith.
BP has been maintaining high security at its Texas refinery after the FBI warning on March 25 of an unsubstantiated threat of an attack....