A Norfolk Southern train carrying hazardous materials derailed last week causing a massive explosion and fire, spreading toxins in the Ohio air.
The Details You Aren’t Hearing About
People are saying this is American’s Chernobyl. That’s not good.
The entire town of East Palestine, Ohio could not return home for days because the air is toxic and water is contaminated, not to mention some livestock and local crops are destroyed. East Palestine is about a hour north of Pittsburgh.
The skies were lit up in north eastern Ohio the evening of Friday, February 3. causing an evacuation order for anyone living within a one mile radius.
A Norfolk Southern train carrying 150 cars and toxic materials derailed in East Palestine, Ohio. The train, coming from Illinois and headed towards Conway. The toxic materials included vinyl chloride, benzene, hydrochloric acid (HCI), phosgene, and butyl acrylate.
Just released today, officials announced that these substances were also found at the scene: ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, ethylhexyl acrylate and isobutylene.
“Vinyl chloride exposure is associated with an increased risk of a rare form of liver cancer (hepatic angiosarcoma), as well as primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma), brain and lung cancers, lymphoma, and leukemia.” -cancer.gov
The national guard took action on February 6th and used thermite devices to burn a hole into the top and bottom of the remaining cars that were still burning. They then drained the toxic materials into a ditch lined with flares and burned it off.
According to reports, 5 railcars containing an estimated 200,000 lb of vinyl chloride combusted into phosgene, releasing 27,000 lb of HCl and 40 lb of phosgene into the troposphere.
Warning to Ohio: Toxic Air and Water
The toxic chemicals have poisoned the water supply. According to a hazardous materials specialist, Silverado Caggiano, “We basically nuked a town with chemicals so we could get a railway open.”
The evacuation orders for the residents in East Palestine were lifted on Wednesday after air and water samples that were collected in the region were deemed safe.
Previously, authorities urged anyone within a 1-mile radius of the site to leave immediately. The evacuations extended into nearby areas across the border in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
“Residents may still smell odors from the site,” the EPA said, suggesting that those experiencing any symptoms call their medical provider.
Here is a clip from ground level.
Photos from the fiery event:
If you have any loved ones near the area, it’s a good time to give them a call to ask how they are doing. Many say to evacuate the area and stay far away.
Watch drone coverage:
Vinyl chloride turns into hydrochloric acid when it mixes with water vapor. The resulting chemical toxins can travel with wind, forming toxic clouds.
Several people in the downwind region from the initial explosion have reported health issues. Animals and fish have been reported to have been killed in the zone where the chemical cloud traveled.
Reporter Gets Arrested For Reporting Live
After the event, a cable news reporter was pushed to the ground and handcuffed while covering a live news conference.
NewsNation correspondent Evan Lambert was charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest Wednesday after authorities said he was told to stop his live broadcast and refused orders to leave the news conference with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.
However, people who work with the reporter say he has an upstanding reputation in the media field and with local authorities, and at the time of the event was complying with the authorities. According to sources, he did not do anything incorrect, but was just there to record and and cover the governor’s speech to locals.
It’s very odd.
Lack of Mainstream Media Coverage
Until today, the mainstream media has not covered the train derailment, and toxic explosion.
Here was the outcry prior to Monday evening.
Popular Twitter use DC_Draino complained about the lack of national news coverage.
Ohio Residents filed a federal lawsuit in the fiery derailment of a train carrying toxic chemicals along the Ohio-Pennsylvania line are seeking to force Norfolk Southern to set up health monitoring for residents in both states.
A town hall has been scheduled to take place on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to allow residents to ask questions about the effects of the derailment, East Palestine Mayor Trent Conaway announced in a press release on Sunday.
Looking Back: In December of 2014 a pesticide plane in India an accident caused 30 tons of highly toxic gas (methyl isocyanate) was released into the air, causing 600,00 to be exposed and claiming around 15,000 lives.
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