Video- Petrochemical train explodes in Quebec's Lac-Megantic

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As someone who lives 2 blocks from a busy Midwest train route, this scares the bejeebus out of me. Yeah, all that stuff they're hauling back and forth is PERFECTLY safe. This could have easily happened in Maine.

A train carrying petrochemicals has exploded in a Canadian town, forcing the evacuation of up to 1,000 people.

The blast sent a fireball and black smoke into the air, destroying dozens of buildings in Lac-Megantic, some 155 miles (250 km) east of Montreal.

The train derailed early on Saturday; emergency services who worked through the night said they could not tell if there were any casualties.

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"When you see the centre of your town almost destroyed, you'll understand that we're asking ourselves how we are going to get through this event," an emotional Mayor Colette Roy-Laroche told a televised news briefing.

The train had 70 cars filled with petroleum products, some of which exploded, prompting fires in nearby homes.

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  • Jean-Francois Dube

    This means: Let's ALL be aware things must be done to secure citizens both sides of the border. Let's RAISE for more safety.

  • Paddy

    No, that's the point. It can happen anywhere, including two blocks from my home.

  • Kathy H

    Would it have been worse if it happened in Maine?

  • Frances R

    None of this stuff is safe to haul. Only matter of time before disaster hits home. Railroads, bridges falling apart, only a matter of time. No infrastructure fixing, no jobs, no safety procedures, no work done by Congress.