UPDATE: Suncor Energy is blaming a “significant power failure” for causing the chemical, sulphur dioxide, to be released. They are stating it is safe to be outside.
Social media is erupting with live accounts of fires and yellow smoke billowing from the Suncor Oil Refinery near Denver, Colorado.
Commerce City and Denver fire departments have dispatched crews including hazardous materials units.
Schools and businesses have been asked to shelter in place.
— Eric Pruitt (@ericpruitt34) October 14, 2016
Early reports indicate the refinery is being shut down over the potentially toxic cloud emitting from the refinery.
— Marc Livolsi (@marclivolsi) October 14, 2016
We will update this story as more information becomes available.