Minor injuries in Saint John blast

Emergency measures officials say there were believed to be only ``a couple'' minor injuries from the massive oil refinery explosion that shook Saint John, Monday morning.

Geoffrey Downey of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization said none of the injuries were believed to be serious ``at this point.''

New Brunswick's Horizon Health Network tweeted that they were treating two patients with non-life-threatening injuries from the refinery explosion,and added that Saint John Regional Hospital was running as usual.

The explosion at an Irving Oil refinery on the city's eastern side set a fire and sent thick, black smoke pouring into the air.

Residents of the area described feeling an explosion shortly after 10 a.m., and noted that flames and smoke could be seen from a great distance.