Moment of silence today for anniversary of deadly blast

March 23, 2010 4:43:49 AM PDT
Five years ago today, the BP refinery in Texas city exploded, killing 15 people and injuring about 200 others. There are a number of events planned today to mark the moment on March 23, 2005, that a series of explosions leveled nearby office trailers in what was one of the worst refinery disasters ever.

OSHA wants to fine BP $87 million for the deadly blast after it found hundreds of violations involving pressure-release systems at the refinery. BP is fighting the fine and says it has overhauled safety procedures and is spending $1 billion to upgrade and modernize the 76-year-old plant.

BP has already settled hundreds of death and injury related lawsuits out of court.

Among the commemorative events today will be a moment of silence at 1:20pm to mark the exact moment of the explosion.


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