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July 11, 1986

A chemical fire smoldering in a derailed railroad car in Miamisburg, Ohio, could burn for days, authorities said, as up to 40,000 weary residents headed home after being evacuated, some for the second time. At least 11 people remained hospitalized, including two with previous respiratory disorders who were in critical condition. The tanker car carrying white phosphorus, a volatile and highly toxic chemical, caught fire Tuesday afternoon and exploded Wednesday. The first evacuation forced 17,500 people from their homes.

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