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Flaring at Shell Moerdijk could be seen from 40 km away after a small fire on Nov 11th, 2015 (Photo: Twitter/@anjaboogaard)

Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 07.55.40Nov 12, 2015 by Janene Pieters

A small fire at Shell Moerdijk caused a red glow in the air that concerned local residents on Wednesday night. According to the fire department, the red glow was caused by flaring, which they used to get the small fire quickly under control.

The fire broke out in a compressor room around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday. It took firefighters about an hour to get the fire under control, though the flaring continued for most of the night.

The red glow caused by the flaring could be seen from 40 kilometers away, according to the fire department.

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