Riverside County rail car chemical leak draws fears of ‘violent explosion,’ spurs evacuations

  • Source: FOX News
  • Published: 08/12/2022 12:00 AM

VIDEO: A rail car leaking chemicals in Riverside County, California, on Friday has prompted officials there to evacuate nearly 200 homes over concerns that a "violent explosion" could occur at any moment. The incident, which started unfolding Thursday night in Perris, also has closed a portion of the 215 Freeway in both directions. Fire officials say the chemical leaking from the train is styrene, which is used to make items such as latex and synthetic rubber, according to Fox11 LA. "I’ve been on the phone with experts all night from Florida to Texas, what they are telling me is this can resolve itself in two days, it could get worse before it gets better," Riverside County Fire Division Chief John Crater told reporters.


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