Train explosion in Maryland caught on film (video)

Holy cow.  I saw on Twitter earlier today that there was a train derailment in Maryland, but didn’t write about it as it’s a train derailment, and not national news.

Then I watched this video. Holy cow.

From a video by lolitschad on YouTube

From a video by lolitschad on YouTube

Since we’re in evening-video mode, I’m posting this one for sure.  It’s a WILD video.  (And as someone noted on YouTube, this is perhaps the world’s first legitimate use of vertical video.)


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  • JamesR

    Yes, HF, Hydrogen Fluoride / Hydrofluoric acid is terrible – before etching your windshield it would probably be repelled by the oils on it, but finding organic matter to bond with, like skin, it digs in and literally will have to be cut out of you if it’s you it lands on, If it gets on your eyes, your eyes will have to be removed. your skin, tissues, nervous tissue – any infected will have to be removed. It’s like the worst burn you’ve heard of combined with the worst fungal infection you’ve heard of, together.

    Oddly it’s in some domestic cleaning fluids I won’t post the names of but that I can’t BELIEVE are publicly sold over the counter. Not the same as Fluoride(s) in water, at all, like the difference between a blowtorch and metabolic body heat.

    Chemistry is our friend only if we understand it and respect it and in some cases LEAVE IT ALONE.

  • citizen_spot

    Actually, it attacks the calcium in your bones. If you get it on you and try to rinse it off with water, it just spreads and travels through your skin and tissue until it hits bone. Nasty nasty stuff.

  • d3clark

    Hydrofluoric acid is corrosive enough to dissolve glass. If it hits your windshield, it can melt the glass and then dissolve you.

  • citizen_spot

    Who in the world sees a blazing fire and drives up and parks next to it? I hope those folks near the blast are ok but Hayzeus Freaking Christo, what were they thinking????

  • ezpz

    For the record, this derailment happened because the train hit a dump truck at a crossing that had no signals, no lights, no bells, no arm (or whatever it’s called) that comes down. Just a stop sign. Period.

  • bbock

    Did the camera man have the DTs? And what about that disaster says “move closer”?

  • Naja pallida

    Rail, trucks, pipelines… dangerous chemicals are transported through populated areas, and stored in populated areas, every single day without people being any the wiser. Right up until something explodes. Then they make up excuses for how it doesn’t happen very often, and nobody could have foreseen it happening, and nothing gets done to prevent it from happening again.

  • Ah, I love the thick MD accents. It’s goonna bloow. Luckily they’re safe but come on, didn’t they notice it was gonna blow up?

  • CrankyObserver

    Good example of why not to drive toward flaming railroad cars.

  • And of course the second something happens, the camera points straight down to the sidewalk. And I’m sorry, but there is no legitimate use of vertical video.

  • Indigo

    Kabloom!

  • Bill_Perdue

    I’ve worked as a railroader for decades and anyone near a derailment featuring tank cars should get out of the area as soon as possible. The rail industry’s infrastructure and tank car fleet need serious upgrading.

    If you’re close enough to read the hazmat placards you’re in danger. Those people were very foolish,

  • BillFromDover

    So now, we need different pipelines for… exactly what?

  • JamesR

    Thanks for the info – HF is TERRIBLE making mustard gas seem like perfume. Damn.

    If people only knew the dangerous toxins (and danger from explosion during fire…) I wonder if they would sloooowly drive by or walk towards it. Makes ya wonder.

  • Oh, interesting. I saw the photos being tweeted earlier today, this has to be the same explosion.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Hm. The ABC News story says that various cars were carrying chemicals: terephthalic acid, destined I would guess for making plastics and only difficultly flammable; fluosilicic acid, which is I think chiefly a byproduct of the processing of fluorite and in any case non-flammable; and sodium chlorate, a strong oxidizer. ABC says that the sodium chlorate car was not involved but it’s the only thing that makes sense. A mixture of the chlorate with (say) leaking oil could be explosive.

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