A train derailment in Casselton, North Dakota has created a massive fireball that can be seen for miles around sending toxic fumes into the town, reports In Forum.
Just witnessed third massive explosion. Highest yet as oil cars continue to catch fire
— Hope Hanselman (@hopehanselman) December 30, 2013
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Flames Are Being Seen For Miles Around
Flames are said to be reaching 100 feet into the sky. The smoke is said to be blowing south west.
BREAKING: Residents near Casselton, ND, asked to stay indoors after fiery train derailment. pic.twitter.com/VrZ8ZHTvaD
— Kaylee Nesdahl (@Kaylee_VNL) December 30, 2013
2. The Derailed Train Was Hit by Another Train
Latest reports from the scene indicate that the derailed train was hit by another train causing the explosion of around seven cars.
There are no injuries being reported. The train was a part of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad, which was bought by Warren Buffet for $34 billion in November 2009.
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3. Residents of the Town Are Not Being Allowed Outside
Residents around the area of Casselton are being told to shelter-in-place. The crash is reported to have happened at 35th street and 154th Avenue Southeast in the town. A Google Streetview for the area shows this wide open space:
4. One Firefighter Said the Train ‘Blew-Up’
News Dakota reports that the train was carrying oil, a fire official told them that the train “blew up.” There is a concern among emergency responders as the explosion is close to an ethanol plant, reports Valley News.
5. The Town Has a Tiny Population
Hoping for the safety of all involved in the train derailment near #Casselton & grateful for our emergency crews that are quickly responding
— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) December 30, 2013
Casselton is the hometown of North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple. The town is located just outside of Fargo, close to the border with Minnesota. It has a population of just over 2,000.