Railcar carrying toxic chemicals explodes in Nebraska; evacuation order lifted
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP/Gray News) - Emergency crews are on the scene of a railcar fire at Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard in North Platte, Nebraska.
According to Union Pacific Railroad (UP), an explosion occurred around noon Thursday inside a container, resulting in several railcars catching on fire.
UP said there was no derailment and the car had been stationary in the yard for a few hours.
UP said a container that caught fire contained a hazardous chemical called perchloric acid.
The North Platte Fire Department evacuated people near the explosion due to toxic smoke. The evacuation order was lifted around 5:20 p.m.
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