Residents Near Train Fire Ordered To Evacuate Over Explosion Hazard

  • Ohio officials will implement a “controlled release” of gas at the train car derailment site in East Palestine at 3:30 p.m. EST to prevent a catastrophic explosion, Governor Mike DeWine (R-OH) said Monday afternoon.
  • Fires have burned at the site of the derailment since Friday, but the risk of an explosion increased over the weekend as officials continued to monitor the presence of vinyl chloride and other chemicals. Officials have been ordering people to evacuate in a 1-by-2-mile area, citing the release of gas or the possibility of a severe explosion, under threat of arrest.
  • “Folks in [the] red area are at risk of death,” DeWine said.
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