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Explosion used to fight Canada train fire

January 10, 2014

PLASTER ROCK, New Brunswick (AP) — A Canadian National Railway spokesman says a controlled explosion was used to blast holes in three tanker cars of a derailed oil train in an attempt to extinguish a large fire that continues to burn two and half days after the incident.

Jim Feeny said Friday preliminary indications suggest the procedure went according to plan.

The train derailed Tuesday night in a sparsely populated region roughly 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the U.S. border and northern Maine. No one was injured, but about 150 people living nearby were evacuated.

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