Crews Put Out Fire from Huge Train Tanker Explosion

Firefighters on Monday extinguished a massive blaze from an ethanol-laden train that derailed in Hancock County, Ohio.

In a spectacular nighttime explosion that could be seen as far as 15 miles away, about 18 tanker cars carrying 320,000 gallons of ethanol tumbled off the tracks Sunday, UPI reports.

Several of the cars burned for almost 24 hours before firefighters got the blaze under control by late Sunday.

The 62-car Norfolk Southern train was heading for North Carolina from Chicago. It is not clear why the derailment occurred.

No injuries were reported, but authorities evacuated homes within a 2 mile radius of the flames. They were concerned about the fire’s proximity to the Blanchard Valley Co-Op, where fertilizer was stored.

Categorized | Environmental Disasters
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