• Short Summary

    FIRE SWEPT THROUGH A RAIL TRUCK CONTAINING 220 000 POUNDS (100,000 KILOS) OF T.N.T. NEAR?

  • Description

    FIRE SWEPT THROUGH A RAIL TRUCK CONTAINING 220 000 POUNDS (100,000 KILOS) OF T.N.T. NEAR SPARTANBURG, IN THE AMERICAN STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, YESTERDAY (MONDAY) AND THE EXPLOSIVE BURNED WITHOUT EXPLODING. EARLIER, WHEN THE TRAIN CARRYING THE EXPLOSIVES HAD BEEN DERAILED, POLICE EVACUATED ALL HOMES WITHIN TWO MILES (3 KMS) OF THE AREA.

    THE BLAZE BROKE OUT WHEN THREE TANK TRUCKS CONTAINING ALCOHOL AND OTHER CHEMICALS LEFT THE RAILS. FLAMES LEAPT 3 500 FEET (MORE THAN 1,000 METRES) IN THE AIR AND SPREAD TOWARDS THE EXPLOSIVES TRUCK. ANOTHER TRUCK CONTAINING AMMUNITION WAS ALSO ON THE TRAIN. SOME 200 PEOPLE WERE EVACUATED FROM THE AREA.

    THE HEAT WAS SO INTENSE THAT FIREMEN WERE UNABLE TO APPROACH THE BLAZE TO FIGHT IT. THE FIREMEN REMAINED NEARBY TO WATCH OVER THE BLAZE, EXPECTING A TREMENDOUS EXPLOSION AT ANY MOMENT. HOWEVER THE FIRE EVENTUALLY BURNED ITSELF OUT WITHOUT AN EXPLOSION. AN EXPLOSIVES EXPERT SAID IT APPEARED THE T.N.T. WAS UNDER SUFFICIENT PRESSURE IN THE TRUCK TO EXPLODE WHEN IGNITED.

    THE AMMUNITION, A TYPE OF PLASTIC EXPLOSIVE, ALSO FAILED TO EXPLODE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC3XWPKR9C5NJWTCG2YRTD0GDG
    Media URN:
    VLVAC3XWPKR9C5NJWTCG2YRTD0GDG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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