Burning records caused fumes after derailment
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 69, Issue 13, page 178, 29 March 1988
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1988), Burning records caused fumes after derailment, Eos Trans. AGU, 69(13), 178–178, doi:10.1029/88EO00119.(
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A new study shows that hazardous materials may come in harmless-looking packages and that toxic chemicals are not always to blame for environmental accidents.
A Conrail train derailment April 11, 1987, in Bloomfield, Pa., led to a fire, the spill of phosphorus oxychloride, and a plume of smoke and hydrogen chloride gas that acutely affected nearby residents. An investigation of the accident just completed by the Center for Hazardous Materials Research (CHMR) at the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pa.) found that the fumes were entirely the result of burning phonograph records. In addition, calculations based on a computer model of gas emission and dispersion showed that community exposure was probably below dangerous levels throughout the fire.