April 24, 2017: Train Car Carrying Lithium Ion Batteries Explodes in Houston

A train carrying recycled lithium ion batteries exploded near downtown Houston at 6:00 pm.
Jeffrey Degraff, a representative for Union Pacific, stated an operations manager from a nearby facility notified the conductor that one of the boxes was smoldering. The conductor was able to stop the train and contact emergency crews.
The Houston Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire within two hours. There were no injuries reported but there was some property damage to nearby homes. Anyone that was affected by the explosion may contact Union Pacific to file a claim by calling 888-877-7267.

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