AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSafety flares are an infrequent occurrence, but Spackman said that when they do happen there is no risk of danger. The amount of noxious gases and smoke emitted from the plant due to the safety flare will be reported to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. “There was not a huge quantity (of gas burned) but obviously there was a significant visual aspect to it,” Spackman said about the flames and smoke that could be seen for miles. No representative of AQMD could be reached due to the holiday. After stabilizing the coker unit, engineers analyzed the problem and hoped to restart the compressor by the end of the day, Spackman said. A safety flare at El Segundo’s Chevron refinery Monday morning produced large flames and smoke clouds that spread over the South Bay. A problem with the compressor in the coker unit automatically caused that unit of the plant to shut down about 6:30 a.m., said Chevron spokesman Rod Spackman. Such an interruption in the refining process leaves excess process material, such as fuel gas. “So the fuel gas had to be disposed of and the way you do that is you burn it,” Spackman said. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!