Redditor Arana Discoteca recently shared this photo of oil refinery flares burning into the skies over in Beaumont, Texas. This happens whenever there is a power outage or some other kind of disruption to the normal flow of operations at a refinery. In this case it was a power outage.

Beaumont is one of the towns listed on an article I wrote a couple of years ago about neighborhoods located near refineries. The photo above was not taken at some distant isolated refinery; there are people living directly across the street from the Beaumont refineries.

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Black skies: This is what happens when an oil refinery loses power
This is what the skies over Beaumont, Texas, look like whenever one of the local refineries loses power.