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March 18, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Small, specially placed explosives were used to drain the last of the residue inside one of 14 propane tankers that derailed earlier this month. The National Guard had called in an expert to vent the last of the fuel after pressure began to build in one tanker. As a result, officials suspended the return of evacuated residents to their homes. Thirty-six residents who made it home were allowed to stay. There was no word on when the remaining residents would return.
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March 18, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Small, specially placed explosives were used to drain the last of the residue inside one of 14 propane tankers that derailed earlier this month. The National Guard had called in an expert to vent the last of the fuel after pressure began to build in one tanker. As a result, officials suspended the return of evacuated residents to their homes. Thirty-six residents who made it home were allowed to stay. There was no word on when the remaining residents would return.
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March 5, 1996 | Associated Press
Burning propane spewed from wrecked railroad tank cars Monday, threatening to blow up additional cars loaded with the fuel and keeping the town's entire population away from their homes. "This is about as serious as it can get," said Paul Thomsen, an emergency management official. "A detonation would be catastrophic." No injuries were reported. The leaking gas blazed in a 200-foot wall of flames. At times, the fire was visible up to 13 miles away in New London.
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March 11, 1996 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A column of smoke that spiraled over this central Wisconsin farming town Sunday may signal the winding down of an ordeal that began when a train hauling propane tanker cars derailed a week ago, forcing 1,700 residents to flee their homes. At daybreak, technical crews began the risky work of draining liquid propane from 12 of 14 derailed tankers and burning off the explosive cargo in an excavated pit surrounded by a gravel berm.
NEWS
March 9, 1996
Armored cars rumbled through the streets of this eerily silent town Friday, carrying flak-jacketed residents to their homes to rescue freezing, starving pets that a blazing train wreck forced them to abandon. People dashed into their homes to grab dogs and cats left in haste when the Wisconsin Central Ltd. train derailed Monday, igniting propane in 14 derailed cars. The wrecked cars continued to blaze for a fifth day Friday, raising fears of an explosion.
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March 11, 1996 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A column of smoke that spiraled over this central Wisconsin farming town Sunday may signal the winding down of an ordeal that began when a train hauling propane tanker cars derailed a week ago, forcing 1,700 residents to flee their homes. At daybreak, technical crews began the risky work of draining liquid propane from 12 of 14 derailed tankers and burning off the explosive cargo in an excavated pit surrounded by a gravel berm.
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July 1, 1992 | From Associated Press
A cloud of toxic vapor from a derailed tank car forced at least 50,000 people to flee homes and businesses Tuesday in Minnesota and Wisconsin, creating traffic jams and leaving downtown Duluth deserted. "It's an absolute ghost town. It's eerie what's going on down there," Mayor Gary Doty said at an emergency command post outside the city. Residents were allowed to return after rain helped dissipate the toxic cloud.
NEWS
March 9, 1996
Armored cars rumbled through the streets of this eerily silent town Friday, carrying flak-jacketed residents to their homes to rescue freezing, starving pets that a blazing train wreck forced them to abandon. People dashed into their homes to grab dogs and cats left in haste when the Wisconsin Central Ltd. train derailed Monday, igniting propane in 14 derailed cars. The wrecked cars continued to blaze for a fifth day Friday, raising fears of an explosion.
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March 5, 1996 | Associated Press
Burning propane spewed from wrecked railroad tank cars Monday, threatening to blow up additional cars loaded with the fuel and keeping the town's entire population away from their homes. "This is about as serious as it can get," said Paul Thomsen, an emergency management official. "A detonation would be catastrophic." No injuries were reported. The leaking gas blazed in a 200-foot wall of flames. At times, the fire was visible up to 13 miles away in New London.
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July 1, 1992 | From Associated Press
A cloud of toxic vapor from a derailed tank car forced at least 50,000 people to flee homes and businesses Tuesday in Minnesota and Wisconsin, creating traffic jams and leaving downtown Duluth deserted. "It's an absolute ghost town. It's eerie what's going on down there," Mayor Gary Doty said at an emergency command post outside the city. Residents were allowed to return after rain helped dissipate the toxic cloud.
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