Toxic chemicals burn over Ohio derailment site during controlled release

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Toxic fumes began billowing over northeastern Ohio on Monday afternoon as authorities aimed to mitigate a potential explosion from derailed tanker cars that were carrying hazardous materials.

The “controlled release” of vinyl chloride, a colorless compound that is a human carcinogen and can be deadly if inhaled, “involves the burning of the rail cars’ chemicals,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said in a statement Tuesday. The move — which prompted evacuations in Ohio and Pennsylvania — was directed to prevent a catastrophic explosion that could send shrapnel flying as far as a mile after Friday’s train derailment.




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