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Truck explodes at Kern Co. oil processing facility

{A href="http://search.bakersfieldnow.com/default.aspx?ct=r&q=Bakersfield"}BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) An explosion rocked an Aera oil processing facility Tuesday north of McKittrick and west of Buttonwillow.

The explosion engulfed a vacuum truck in flames around 5 p.m., according to the Kern County Fire Department. The fire spread to a nearby loading rack.

Crews, including a hazardous materials team, were able to deploy hose lines and gain control of the fire in just under an hour and a half.

The vacuum truck operator wasn't injured, the fire department said.

The cause of the explosion had not been determined as of Tuesday night.

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