At 2:00 p.m. local time on the 16th, a train loaded with fertilizer and flammable ammonium nitrate in Iowa suddenly derailed and exploded after 30 cars collided into a mass, with smoke at the scene, and authorities have evacuated residents within a radius of 8 kilometers, no casualties have been reported.
Comprehensive local media in Iowa KTIV TV, “The Des Moines Register” (The Des MoinesRegister), WSBT TV and other reports, the accident occurred in Iowa at about 2:00 p.m. local time on the 16th, the train derailed in the northeastern Iowa population of only about 3,000 people in the town of Sibley (Sibley), it is believed that a local bridge It is believed that a bridge collapsed and caused the train to derail.
The footage shows that about 30 cars collided with each other, side by side on the track, the middle car exploded into flames, and thick black smoke went straight to the sky, witnesses said, until 4:30 p.m., several hundred feet away can still see the smoke.
Reports indicate that the train was carrying fertilizer and ammonium nitrate, ammonium nitrate is an explosive chemical commonly used in the manufacture of fertilizers, explosives and pyrotechnics.
According to the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information (National Center for Biotechnology Information, NCBI) data, ammonium nitrate usually does not burn itself, but if contaminated by flammable substances, it will burn, and will accelerate the combustion of flammable substances, burning will also release toxic nitrogen oxides.
Authorities have evacuated residents within a 5-mile radius (about 8 kilometers) of the incident site, firefighters have been on the scene to rescue, in addition to disaster response units have also gone to the scene on standby.