Four rail cars -- two containing liquid propane -- have derailed by the Montana Rail Link Trainmaster and North Roberts Street train crossing.
Montana Rail Link (MRL) reports that there is no threat to the public at this time.
The four cars were derailed at approximately 4:25 a.m. on Wednesday by a MRL crew switching cars in the Helena yard.
“The incident is still under investigation,” said MRL Chief Communications Officer Ross Lane. “There were no injuries as a result of the derailment.”
The propane tanks are fully intact with none of the material was released from the rail cars.
There are MRL hazardous material responders on scene currently monitoring the situation and working closely with Helena police and fire departments.
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The Libby Pioneer Society will host a presentation on the history of the Libby Volunteer Fire Department on Oct. 20.
Retired firefighter Bob Pival will serve as the guest speaker, using digitalized photographs to showcase the department’s storied history.
Bob Stickney, president of the pioneer society and a former firefighter, said he is excited for the blast from the past.
“It’s very interesting to me to see what they did back then,” he said.
The department got its start in 1911 during the lumber boom. Volunteer firefighters at the time trained to form bucket brigades to extinguish blazes.
Stickney is particularly interested in the development of the city’s early fire hydrant system, which he described as ahead of its time.
“I think the city, when they built all this stuff, they knew they were going to have fire protection,” he said. “It was pretty unique for a little town to have a hydrant system.”
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Authorities evacuated an elementary school in Montana's capital city on Tuesday after officials found what they thought was the remnants of a homemade bomb, but it turned out to be a plastic bottle filled with nuts and bolts left in the schoolyard.
School officials made the discovery shortly before classes began at Rossiter Elementary School. They blocked off the area and called police at about 8:20 a.m., said Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton. An investigation found the plastic bottle wrapped in black electrical tape was full of washers, nuts and bolts, along with a non-flammable unidentified liquid, Dutton said. There was no detonator attached to the bottle.
A homeless person found the bottle near a construction site and left it in the playground, he said. No threat had been made against the school, and there were no injuries or property damage.
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