Homeimage2Torrance Fire Department officials say the refinery experienced an unplanned flaring that will continue through until midnight with no off-site impact expected.

A flare is a tall stack equipped with burners used as a safety device. Flares are used for the combustion and disposal of combustible gases due to emergency relief, overpressure, process upsets, starts up, shutdowns and other operational safety reason.

To find out more information, contact the South Coast Air Quality Management District at 909-396-2000.