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On January 14, 2007 four runaway rail cars crashed into two parked cars that resulted in an explosion that released about 30,000 gallons of butyl acetate.

The butyl acetate was said to have burnt away completely, but residents nearby were either evacuated or told to stay indoors with their windows shut and towels under their door.

Butyl Acetate is a high-volume chemical (over 1 million pounds used a year in the United States] and is a recognized liver toxicant.



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