CASSELTON - A train derailment caused a huge blast with “100 foot flames” in Casselton, North Dakota, on December 30, 2013. The incident that generated the massive fire occurred between two trains close to an ethanol plant. The first train derailed and was hit shortly after by an oncoming train.
One of the trains had “111 cars full of oil”. Three loud explosions were heard after the incident said Hope Hanselman of Valley News. Residents in the area were told to remain indoors for fear of “breathing hazardous materials.” Police have kept people at a safe distance and forced the evacuation of buildings within 3/4 mile from the blast.