Transporting oil is a dangerous business. Don't believe us? Then check out this huge fireball that resulted from the derailment of a mile-long train loaded down with crude. According to reports there were no injures from this inferno near Casselton, ND, but the smoke did lead the town to evacuate.

According to The Huffington Post, 10 of the 100 cars on the track caught fire, although it remains unclear as to just what caused the derailment. Some witnesses claim they could feel the heat from the blaze while indoors and half a mile away.

"I looked out the window and all of a sudden the train car tipped over and the whole thing was engulfed in flames and it just exploded. The oil car tipped over onto the grain car," 13-year-old Hannah Linnard told HuffPo. There were also reports of as many as six explosions following the crash.

"I rolled down the window, and you could literally keep your hands warm," said Ryan Toop, who somehow got a mere two blocks from the blaze.

We have video of the massive fireball that resulted from the derailment, available below. Have a look and let us know what you think in Comments.


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      Gregg Alley
      • 11 Months Ago
      I lived in Casselton from 1972 to 1983. Five rail lines converge just outside of Casselton before heading into Fargo. When I lived there, we would get 700 trains per week, with no choice but to wait for them since there wasn't any overpasses. From what I have read, crude oil shipments are 40x what they were just four years ago.
      dukeisduke
      • 11 Months Ago
      And, the news today is that a train carrying carloads of grain collided with this train, causing the derailment.
      dukeisduke
      • 11 Months Ago
      If Keystone XL was up and running, they wouldn't have to move crude oil by train.
        m_2012
        • 11 Months Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Because pipelines never leak. /rollseyes
        fred schumacher
        • 11 Months Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Keystone XL will move tar sand oil from Alberta down to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico for export. This is North Dakota crude heading for refineries in the Midwest for domestic consumption.
      jebibudala
      • 11 Months Ago
      Whoohooo America F* YEAH!
      m_2012
      • 11 Months Ago
      What's so great about ICE cars again?
        Jarda
        • 11 Months Ago
        @m_2012
        From the top of my head: - less weight - quickness of refilling a gas tank - very little energy-drain when not used More questions?
          m_2012
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Jarda
          Yea, whats so great about them again? - 25% efficient, narrow power band, and even less efficient at peak power. - Have to go to a gas station to fill up. Fill up in the cold and rain. - Billions of pounds of pollutants put into the atmosphere every year. - Makes people that hate us rich, using more of the energy to transport it, store it, transport again, pump, refine, pump again, etc, etc. Could you imagine if every tanker truck was off the road?
      Douglas
      • 11 Months Ago
      this is why we need pipelines. the SAFEST way to transport oil.
        Leon K
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Douglas
        Till someone blows one up, cuts a hole in it, it gets hit by a bushfire or tornado, etc... Nothing is ever completely safe.
          getoffmylawn
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Leon K
          there over 50,000 miles of crude pipeline in the US already. if you add in natural gas transmission lines, not including distribution lines, the number jumps to around 400,000 miles of pipeline. when exactly is the last time you heard about somebody blowing one up or cutting a hole in one?
          Cory Stansbury
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Leon K
          Agree with Eric. San Bruno explosion comes to mind.
      blaurge
      • 11 Months Ago
      Big oil and railroads. Kind of like the late 1800's all over again, with Rockefeller et al.
      Gorgenapper
      • 11 Months Ago
      Well that escalated quickly.
      delsolo1
      • 11 Months Ago
      I guess China won't be getting all its oil delivered today.
      bK
      • 11 Months Ago
      BOOM!
      osunick
      • 11 Months Ago
      There wasn't a methylamine car on this train, was there?
      Pat
      • 11 Months Ago
      Entire city centre in Qu├ębec was destroyed this summer when a train carrying fuel derailed and blew up. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lac-M%C3%A9gantic_derailment
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