Three days after the accident, a 'controlled burn' was used to prevent an explosion by burning the toxic gases. Five days after people were evacuated, officials gave the all-clear for residents to return to the area. However, animals are dying and fish in a local creek have also died. The Norfolk Southern Railroad is performing water tests for residents. A reporter was arrested during a press conference leading some critics to believe there is a cover up..
Summary by JW Williams
On February 3, about 50 cars from a Norfolk Southern Railroad train traveling from Illinois to Pennsylvania derailed in East Palestine; 10 of the derailed cars were reportedly transporting hazardous materials including vinyl chloride, a carcinogenic gas used for commercial purposes. There was a massive fire after the train was derailed. Three days later, a 'controlled burn' was used to prevent an explosion and to burn the toxic gases that can be deadly when inhaled. People within a mile of the derailment were notified of an evacuation. Residents outside of this radius were urged to shelter in place.