- Many of the dangerous chemicals carried by the train spilled and started large fires.
- Chemicals that “are highly lethal if breathed in” were found in five cars.
- All those within a mile of the crash scene were required to leave.
- To prevent more explosions, a controlled burn was carried out.
- Due to damage from chemical exposure, East Palestine firemen now need new equipment, including breathing apparatus.
- Hazardous materials expert Sil Caggiano told WKBN News, “We literally nuked a community with chemicals so we could establish a railroad.”
Although the US Environmental Protection Agency is still conducting air and water testing, residents have been permitted to return home (EPA).
However, animals surrounding the horrific chemical spill are suddenly strangely dying.
Taylor Holzer, a certified fox keeper who resides just outside the evacuation area, reports that two of his foxes injured their legs while attempting to flee the train crash. After the accident, one more became ill and passed away.
“He suddenly started coughing violently, shut down, and had watery diarrhea before passing away quickly,” according to Holzer.
Since then, all of his foxes have been ill, and he thinks the toxins in the air are to blame.
“It can only be caused by smoke and chemicals from the train,” according to Holzer, “because it doesn’t just happen randomly. The chemicals in the air, which we are assured are harmless, are obviously not safe for people or animals.”
Just over 10 miles from the derailment, a lady from North Lima reported she could smell the chemicals in the air. All six of her chickens—five hens and one rooster—were allegedly killed by the same toxins, according to her.
The woman stated, “I’m beyond unhappy and rather scared because this, they may just be chickens, but they’re family.”
“FACT-O-RAMA! Five chickens are more than just family since eggs are so pricey; they also have the ability to generate income.”
According to the woman, the hens were healthy before the controlled fire.
The woman told a local news source, “My video camera footage indicates my hens were completely OK before they started this fire, and as soon as they started the burn, my chicks slowed down and they died.”
The dejected woman without hens said, “If it can do this to chickens in one night, think what it will do to us in 20 years.”
There are rumors of extensive water contamination as well.